bisoprolol?

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August had fast heart rate 188 while lay down. Palpatations when bending over or going upstairs. Doctors mentioned svt tachycardia and erythmia. Still seeing a specialist but I've been put on bisoprolol for 3 months lowest dose of 1.25 and my palpatations have stopped but I fainted last week and keep going dizzy now. When I fainted my heart rate was 135. I want to stop taking them. I have ran out now so has this happened to anyone else. Also is it safe to just stop them as they are lowest dose?

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    Hi, I was on that dose as well for heart palpitations and tachycardia. I felt awful on them. Dizzy, tired and really low and listless. I ran out last week and haven't taken any since! I haven't felt dizzy and I feel better.
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      Well again I can only speak from personal experience. I have heart failure, and have had 2 strokes since diagnosis. I don't have a good history with beta blockers, (various adverse reactions) which is what Bisoprolol is. I would love to stop taking it, but if I do I am at a high risk of another stroke it. Certainly on the occasions when I ran out, I felt better. But given the choice between the side effects and another stroke, it's a no contest! Frankly I would go and see your GP, and investigate alternative beta blockers, having explained the side effects.

      I took my 'Google side effects list' to my GP who took this on board, without too much fuss. 

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      By helping keep my blood pressure in check as I understand it. I was found to have a LV thrombus, part of which got to my brain and casued the strokes. High blood pressure makes this much more likley.
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    I split my 1.25 dose and take half morning and evening. I find the side effects much more tolerable than taking it all in one go.
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      I tried that but found I slept badly. Not as badly as when I was on the 5mg the hospital prescribed. I truly felt like death warmed up on that dose! My own cardiologist agreed with my GP's decision to reduce the dose and after an eventless Holter monitor has stopped the anticoagulant an said if all goes well I can stop the Bisoprolol in a couple of months. Yipee!!!!
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    Hi,  Just for your info... I was having trouble with bisoprolol - vivid dreams and nightmares and feeling dizzy.  I went to the doctor who at first would not change the dose only 1.25 mg or take me off them.  I was beside myself as I didn't sleep well for 5 months.  Then I had a call from her to make an appointment and she told me there had been new guidelines for the treatment of angina and she changed my medication to 2.5 mg of Ivabradine twice a day. Immediate relief of symptoms and I felt like I came out of a fog.  Everything around me feels brighter and I sleep well again.  I was told that it is not safe to just stop taking beta blockers as that can cause problems.  They have to be replaced with something else to protect you.  I hope this helps some of you.
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