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at the doctors on monday thinking of coming off this bisoprolo what other beta blockers are they please

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    I was prescribed bisoprolol and rampril when diagnosed with a fib.i was takingthese meds for about 5 years. I had loads of side effects but when I asked my doc I was told that the trouble I was having was not from the meds! I then thought my probs were from the a fib! After reading posts on here, I eventually found a gp who would change the bisoprolol....he atenolol. Same problem...side effects were a nightmare. Since then I'm off the beta blockers and have had the rampril reduced to 2.5 mgs. The rampril is to reduce blood pressure, not a beta blocker. I had a bad time whilst withdrawing from the bisoprolol..about 6 months when I would occasionally be dizzy, have anxiety and palps to mention just a few. 

       I read that if you have problems with one beta blocker then it's likely to have the same effect with any of the others! Don't know if that's true. Also betablockers work for many people and have no side effects from them. In my case, they didn't reduce the heart rate and gave me a whole pile of trouble. You have to follow the gp treatment,but don't be afraid to ask  and question your meds! I was far too complacent,but then I trusted my gp and hadn't researched the condition.

       Hope this helps Jane. I was wondering why you wanted to change to another beta blocker. Maybe you have some of the problems I had with bisoprolol and latterly atenolol. Take care.

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      1. some people don't have any problems on any Beta blocker

      2. some people have problems on every single Beta blocker since they are quite similar at the end of the day (I tried Bisoprolol, Nebivolol, Metoprolol and Atenolol. Basically, they are all quite similar, even though each of them has it's own specific side effects, or some side effects are stronger on some Beta blockers).

      3. on the other hand, I have seen a lot of posts where people say that for example they didn't have problems on Atenolol, but they had problems on Bisoprolol. 

      Bisoprolol is known as probably the strongest Beta blocker.

      So, for some people milder Beta blockers like Atenolol or the newest one Nebivolol, may cause less side effects and still prevent them from heart problem episodes.

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    Hi Jane, I had bisoprolol for 7 years, it kept my a.fib at bay, I did put on a stone, even tho the GP said it wasn't the cause!  Then it stopped working so well and I ended up in A & E 3 times in consecutive months, so my GP changed it to Sotalol, which I'm getting on well with, and I've lost that extra stone!  I don't seem to have the exhaustion I had with bisoprolol, so Its well worth asking for a change.  Good luck, I'm sure you'll get the best one for you in the end.  

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