changing from propanolol to bisoprolol

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I have been taking propanolol on an as-needed basis for years for anxiety – my GP says just take one when you feel jittery and that has always suited me fine. However I saw another GP in the practice (mine was booked up) and he told me I need to be on 1.25 mg bisoprolol daily which I don't want to do (he didn't ask me, of course, just told me) – can I take this one occasionally like the propanolol? I am also worried because I have severe Raynauds and the PI leaflet says don't take bisoprolol if you have that (he didn't check that either, of course! – not a good GP), but I don't know whether it's really dangerous if I just take the occasional one... any advice, experience?

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    Hi Sue i would ask to see another Doctor and get a second opinion,why have they change your meds has the propanolol suddenly stopped working for you?Why change what suit's you if you know what works it's your body.I would not have touched bisoprolol if I knew the effect it was going to have on me.Good luck

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    Hi Sue. Don’t want to scare you but if I were you I would not take the Bisoprolol. It has horrible side effects and my life was a misery when taking it. I am thankfully off it now and back on propranalol. My GP changed me to see if the Bisoprolol would work any better for me but honestly it was the worse month of my life jittery, light headed, no concentration and anxiety levels through the roof. I think GPS are so busy they don’t have time to explain about these horrid side effects. I would not go back to the GP who gave you the Bisoprolol try and get your own GP if you can or just ask if you can leave a message for him/her to say you want to stay on propranalol because it works fine for you and you don’t understand why you have been taken off it. Perseverance is the only way with GPs after all nobody knows how you feel apart from you. Good luck x
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    Hi Sue,

    You need to explain to this doctor you cannot take it and why, you are allowed to refuse drugs. When other people have a heart attack and have stents put in they are normally back to fairly good health. Bisoprolol has destroyed my hubby, he had every side effect possible with this horrid drug, he is now booked to have a defribulator implanted because it also changed the electrical best of his heart. I personally would not touch it, there are safer alternatives.

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    I was on Propranolol 40 mgs a day i complain gp change to bisoprolol 1.25 mgs 1 month and half i can t tolerate bisoprolol GP said stopped today and tomorrow and see what u experience, i have mild atheroma and tachycardia what u suggest any opinion please xx 
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