Bisoprolol - has anyone had a bad reaction to this medicine?

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Just wondered if anyone has had a severe reaction to Bisoprolol before I start taking this in place of Metroprolol.  Would appreciate any information.

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    Hi. I was originally on this, 2.5mg per day for PAF. I couldnt function - made me zombie like. My doc cut me down to 1.25mg which was better, but the biggest issue for me was it didnt prevent episodes. After 6 months, I was changed to Verapamil and though I felt less spaced out, again, it didnt stop episodes. I have had 3 ablations, still get some episodes though with lower pace of usually no higher than 120bpm, and with the agreement of my consultant, Ive stopped meds, as they made me feel unwell all of the time as against an episode making me feel unwell some of the time.
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      Tks for the reply,  I was put on amiodarone about 18 months ago, I only took 1 day of pills and I had the same as you , zombie couldn't get the brain to function, rashes on arms and legs etc. and I don't want to experience the same again.  the bisoprolol is made the same way ie. cell structured so I don't think I will touch it.  The only reason I was taken off Metoprolol was a brand difference they can't get AFT and the doctor changed to Bisoprolol, she reckoned it wouldn't cause any rashes but I think I might get the same reaction as I did to the amiodarone.

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      I didnt get rashes, but picking up on obs of the others, i too put weight on at an alarming rate, which im now still trying to get rid of - a challenge in its own right as the PAF limits activity. 😖. I was also on xeralto thinners for a year which added weight too. Again, off that now too.

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    Hi I have AF and on 15mg bisoprolol in mornings and have been on this dose for several years, also 400mg dronedarone morning and night. I haven't had any episodes for about 2 years now. I am short of breath most of the time so going to see if I can change my medication as I was told my lungs are fine.

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    Hi Moira.  I was put on bisoprolol by my consultant, they slowed me down greatly and I was breathless too especially walking up any slight gradient.  I put on a stone and a half, but my GP always denied that betablockers aren't the cause of weight gain!  I was on 3.75 mg.  they stopped my AF attacks for many years but all of a sudden they failed to do this.  I am now on metropolol.  The weight has fallen off me!  And I'm back to my normal weight.  Can I ask why you've been taken off metoprolol?  I hope you get on with them as we all react differently maybe just keep an eye on weight creeping up and up.... I think all the betablockers slow you down, as they slow the heartbeat.  Good luck with them anyway.  I'll be interested to know how it goes.  Keep well.  

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      Hi Pauline since they changed your medication are you still short of breath, very often if walking up a hill I feel as if I am going to pass out as I cannot seem to get any air in 
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      I know exactly what you mean, it's as if you can't breathe deeply enough.  I'm not so,bad on metoprolol as before.  Did you not get on with metoprolol?  I think we just have to pace ourselves and not push too hard.  Hope you get on ok with it.  What dosage will you be on?  

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      I have never been on metoprolol, have been to docs many times saying I am short of breath but feel no-one is listening.  Went back to docs last week and it was a locum I explained everything, he examined me and it was him that said about changing my medication. I said about getting an inhaler to help me and he said it is not my lungs they are fine, it is my heart. got to be honest frightened me abit
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      My problem was Pharmac cannot get supplies of AFT Metoprolol and the one they have changed to if called Betaloc different manufacturer and I came up in a rash and feeling lousey and I ended up back on the AFT one which I never had a problem with but there is now no more AFT Metoprolol obtainable and the Dr. didn't want to put me back on Betaloc because of my reactions so she gave me a prescription for Bitoprolol which I started on the 8th Nov and yesterday had a reaction to that,  from the time I got up in the morning my blood pressure kept on going up then it felt as if my heart was having a dance under the rib cage, headaches etc. I rang the Dr because it was Friday and to cut a long story short I have now been put on another one  Atenolol which I started this morning and so far it is going well.  (Sorry I seem to have put this in the wrong place)  I didn't know when this happened that there was more than one brand of metoprolol.

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