I expect everybody is differant, so a shame my negative experience is the first reply you get.
I was on Bisopropo for nearly three months, I started out feeling spaced out and weird, soon I discribed the feeling as a "drunk Zombie", that progressed to saying I had been turned into an old man overnight.
In the end, I was found leaning against the wall at work almost in a state of collapsing fatigue, the nurse at work called an ambulance as she could hardly detect my pulse, the ambulance reported my heart beat as being as low as 40bpm.
I had been prescribed 2.5mg but afetr a couple of days I would cut the tablets in half to 1.25 as I found this the best balance to still ease my palpitaions but I still had a bad reaction to it.
Another symptom Bisoprolol gave ne was the feeling my lungs were no longer working.
They have put me on Sotalol now, I cannot say if that is better as my work told me not to come back until I am better, though do find I am exahusted after a few hours of being up.0 Report this reply to peter01729
I was put on Bisoprolol 1.25 after a serious attack of svt on feb 4th, it made me feel dreadful, i am used to it now, i don,t like the effect but it has stopped the palpitations, i was told by the heart specialist i could take 2 if i got a breakthrough of the palpitations which has happened, i don,t want to increase the dosage.
Angela, be careful coming off, whilst your GP might say stop taking them, he might not stress to come off them gradualy.
I was taking a half dose. 1.25, I was told to stop taking them a week before my EP study at St Thomas' hospital. By day four of no longer taking them, my arrhythmia became so bad, that I called 111 who sent an ambulance around and took me to the nearest Cardiac speciallity hospital where I was kept for the weekend.
Your heart gets used to beta-blockers so if you just stop, then maybe like mine you get really bad episode until you settle back down again. I woud suggest therefore cutting the tablets in half for a week, then maybe quarters then maybe every other day, do it gradually.
I have stopped taking beta-blockers for a little over a week now and not only am I feeling much better, for the past two days I havnt had any sign of arrhythmia at all and wonder how much of my recent ambulance rides were due to being given these drugs in the first place!0 Report this reply to peter01729
Hi Angela, just wondering how you are and if you got sorted. I had been on Bisoprolol for 5 years and they have me some horrendous symptoms. I had no idea it was the drug, I thought my heart was still bad! Came off it (with permissions), but various tachycardias arrived. Cut a long story short, I am back on - this is day 11. I am astonished how bisoprolol made by the different pharmaceutical companies varies. I am now taking 'Sandoz' and on day 4, I had so many missed beats, then what seemed like hardly any beats. My GP was very irritated that I should be concerned. However, my Pharmacist - a lovely Irish girl, said to give it a few days, I might settle. And settle it did. I am ridiculously tired in the main, started getting night cramps, together with a little memory loss. My BP is low and pulse low, but it's not causing me any problems. No where near as bad as before. I have no light headedness - that emptyness you feel, so that is an absolute bonus. I'm telling you this Angela, because I am wondering if a different brand, could be better. Having said that, how do we know which one as it is also out of our control. Might I suggest you have a word with your Pharmacist, Angela. Let me know how it's going. Kind Regards, Denise.0 Report this reply to denise41938