bisoprolol and alcholol

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i was diagnosed with heart arythmia after having an epidural in my spine some 8 weeks ago - i was immediately referred to acute admissions unit and given bisoprolol 2.5mg along with 75mg dispersable apririn. heart rate was 125 bpm - only found heart arythmia AFTER epidural which seems a bit scarly - anyone know of alcohol is ok with this drug

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    The only thing I can say is "I've had no ill effects" on 10mg tablets. I don't binge drink or anything, but I do like my whisky and rum. Although, as ever, ask your caridio and or gp.
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    I don't think realistically alcohol helps any condition which is to do with heart and circulation.  However, the quality of life is also important.  I notice my pulse is always a bit faster and my blood pressure a little higher after a couple of glasses of wine or a brandy etc.

    However, I know I now have a lifelong irregular heartbeat treated condition, but I also want to enjoy that life, so the answer lies in moderation, now only ever one drink per day, whatever your choice, and I look forward to that as we sit with a glass and a few peanuts at our daily 'happy hour' around 5 pm.  If I notice any undue increase in heart flutters or sharp increase in blood pressure, then I cut this out for a couple of days. 

    As you are so new to your present condition, then let things settle a bit without any stimulants such as coffee or alcohol, especially as you haven't had a diagnosis of your true condition which could be a reaction to the epidural or maybe something longer term.  Then monitor your responses as you introduce them again.  Does your heart or pulse become irregular, or more irregular, does your blood pressure rise?  Only you can monitor your response to alcohol and find how you react to it, or decide whether you feel safer and therefore happier, giving it a miss.  Good luck to you in these early, scary days - I remember them well but am doing fine nowadays and feel positive about the future.

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      Personally speaking I have found the sulfites in the wine/ber have a severely adverse effect on me and my heart.

      Breathing becomes difficult and the heart races with the AF becoming more severe. So I refrain from anything which contain sulfites including fresh fish which I wash before cooking.

      Unfortunately only in the US do they stipulate the allowable sulfite content. In Europe it is merely a reccomendation.

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      I looked for sulphite free wine and the ones I tried were disgusting, then I found one called Naturel (or something like that) in M & S. There is a red and also a Chardonay.. Its marked "made without sulphites", its really nice and hasnt given me the palpitations I experienced before. I just hav e one or two small glasses while I'm slaving over the stove. I'm on 10 mgs of Bisoprolol, dont like it but my blood pressure is now 125/75 so will stick with it. I thought about not having even an occasional drink but what the hell, life is still for enjoying if possible !
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    I have just had a pacemaker fitted in last 2 wks I have been on bisoporyl 1.25 beforehand n just had it upped to 2.5 bout 3 months before. I had occasionally had few drinks and was ok sometimes had few palpitations in nite after it but not too bad not too sure with 2.5 depends how u  normally cope with meds u shud b ok .
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    I have been on Bis Fum for 6 yrs and currently at 5mg...trip bypass 6 years ago and now diagnosed as FH. To be honest, I find alcohol is the only thing that gives me relief from the side effects of all my medications...no more than 2 pints a session or 2-3 glasses of wine. This is not to say it is fine for everyone, but without beer & wine I may well have withdrawn all medication by now and taken my chances with cardiac arrest. I recently forgot to renew prescription 6 days ago and have found that after 6 days without it, I haven't felt better in a long time so will see doc next week and ask for temp withdrawel to see how BP is going. In essence, if you enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer, wait a few weeks to get used to the meds and try a glass and see how you feel. I suspect everybody is different but to be safe, no driving in case it makes you woosy and if you feel odd or get extra pain, don't indulge. As with most things, it is trial and error but you have to weigh up the ramifications of 'error' and whether you feel it worth the risk....!
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      Couldn't agree more!  Just to be alive has the risk of dying from whatever cause at whatever age.  Cautiously try out what it is you feel it is important to you for quality of life, and then enjoy it within moderation.  Only you can decide how you feel, but doctors are not gods and don't always get it right - so use your voice and protest if you know a certain medication like Bisoprolol is making you feel ill and ask to try an alternative.  Sparkyalan I take my hat off to you on 5 mg - and still defiant, let alone upright!
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      I agree with u josephine I lasted 1 wk after op on 5mg cudnt last any longer went bk to 2.5 n that's bad enough god knows how people cope with them any higher. I never thought I wud b teetotal but am heading that way, I used to like a few on nites out n hols but bit scared nowadays (getting boring old sod) 
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