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I have been taking 2.5 mg twice a day for a few months after taking Sotalol 80 mg for 20+ years.   A GP in my practice has without consulting me changed my prescription to 5mg once a day.  I'm not even sure I should be taking 5 mg a day let alone all at once.  My SVT is not too bad and the cardiologist originally prescribed 2.5 mg once a day to replace the Sotalol which he apparently "does not like".  My GP upped the dose to twice a day when I complained of feeling dizzy and unwell but perhaps these were just side effects of the Bisoprolol.   Does anyone have experience of taking this drug  in one hit.  My preference is to split it to twice a day as I cannot cope with a sudden surge in side effects.  Thanks in advance for any comments.

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    Hi there, yes my husband used to take 5mg once a day, he was on it for about 5 years I myself am on 2.5 once a day

    It's the first time I've ever heard of someone taking it twice a day.

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    Hi Linda, I take mine once a day and have for the past 5 years. It surprises me that your dose was increased when you complained of feeling dizzy.  I really struggled with life for the whole 5 years, believing that there must still be something wrong with my heart.  I came off Bisoprolol in March for 1 month and the symptoms I had been experiencing stopped immediately.  What did happen though was the tachycardias.  Cutting a long story short, I had no choice but to go back on.  This time my supplier was Sandoz.  Had never had this brand before.  I had some bad ectopics and dreadful first 5 days.  My pharmacist suggesting seeing it through for a few more days and I did.  I can honestly say that this brand suits me best.  I am not feeling light headed at all and I am over the moon.  Other symptoms have disappeared as well, but I still have some.  Have a browse on here and see that we are all different and can tolerate brands that others can't.  It is food for thought to speak to your doctor and/or pharmacist.

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    Hi Linda, both my wife and I was prescribed Bisopropol and my wife was always very tired with no energy, Likewise It did not agree with me at all.

    I got my wifes cardiologist to change it to Atenolol and like wise my GP to change mine as well to Atenolol.

    Neither of us are affected, my wife is on 5mg and I am on 10 mg both once daily.

    I would say how any drug may affect you depending what other drugs you take and for what illness.

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    Hi Linda, I recently had my prescription increased from 1.25mg to 2.5mg Bisoprolol once a day for AF. However, I have, for most of the time I have been taking this drug, been cutting the tablets in half and taking one half immediately after breakfast and the other half immediately after my evening meal.  I have found this is the best way to control the side effects. My main side effects were crippling cramps around my middle and lower chest and numbness in my fingers.

    It is your body and you have control over what and WHEN you put into it.

    After being on this drug for almost two years now I can say that I feel quite normal (whatever that might be I hear you say!), I feel fairly fit now and can cycle between 5 and 10 miles a day, most days.

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