Atrial Fibrillation and Dijoxin

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My mum was ill for 6 weeks starting with fluid on the lungs, then flu, pleurisy and urine infection. In the last 2 weeks before she went into hospital she had a urine infection then got worse couldn’t eat or drink because of nausea and ended up with AF and was then in hospital for 10 days where she ernt on to have a chest infection, she has heart failure but she is thankfully home now and slowly recovering  though extremely tired and can’t sleep properly. She is on Biprosolol and Dijoxin, frusemide,  lazartin and apixaban. Can any one help with the tiredness and how to combat that. Thank you.

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    The tiredness will take time to recover and beatablockers will contribute to this until her body gets used to them, but it’s more likely that it her recovery from the other problems she’s had. 

    Speedy recovery. 

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    Hi, I am sorry their ofyour mothers problems. I am not familiar with all the drugs that your mother is takin

    g, but know from personal experience that Bisopropol makes one very tired asides probably the other drugs.

    Both my wife and I was switched to Atenolol which had no ill effects on us, I would suggest that you see here gp.

    You an also look at all the leaflets in every box of pills and read what side effects they cause.

    Goodl luck Ken.

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    Hi, I was diagnosed with AF 18 months ago after being taken into hospital with a very irregular heart beat, was put on Bisoprolol, Apixaban and Digoxin. The side affects  I have experienced are : tiredness although after about 3 months this did improve, muscle weakness which is very noticeable in my hands as I struggle to remove the tops from jars and when walking about the power in leg muscles suddenly diminishes and I have to sit down for a few minutes (its very difficult to explain), sleepless nights and lack of concentration. Having said all this I won't let it ruin my life and still do everything I want to (i'me 71), last year I went to Spain several times, cruised the Adriatic, toured Turkey, went on a 'Rock the boat' cruise and cruised from Genoa in Italy to Dubai........Getting the medication balanced and then getting on with life is the best advice. I hope your Mum feels better soon, you didn't say what age she is (AF can start at any age)

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      Thank you for your help, my mum is 82 but was always a very fit lady for her age so finding the tiredness a bit of a drag, but you will inspire her to get out and about again once she has time to recover.

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