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Bit of background... 9 years ago was put on bisoprolol 2.5mg for palpitations. (Was under a lot of stress at the time). They did solve the problem. Came down to 1.25mg and continued for a couple of years. Long story short I've been up and down between 1.25 and 2.5mg for all that time.
I've read some horror stories about bisoprolol and loads of it applies to me - but the docs always said 'can't be the side affects of the drug' ... many things such as "You're just getting older" when I complained of terrible continual ankle / leg pain and the same when complaining about not being able to exercise AT ALL....
Other problems I've had are 'confusion'... 'fuzzy head' .... TIREDNESS etc... but these are all because I'm getting older. I'm 46 now and was always really sporty and loved football and golf. I've got to the point where I cannot play (gave up football about 4 years ago) and now I'm now at the point where I even struggle to play golf - I walk like a 90 year old for a day if I do have a round of golf.... I've decided enough is enough - so I went to a new doctor.
10 minutes with new doctor (he reviewed all my medical history including cardiograms etc..) then says 'I haven't got a clue why you are still taking bisoprolol)... blood pressure fine, heart rate fine ... but still feel like crap at least 50% of the time! And more importantly, cannot do any exercise and piled on the pounds since (put on 2 stone from my ideal weight and not heading in the right direction).
So, to the help I am looking for. I need support, I've tried to quit on my own before and given in more than once at 2 weeks... (this was when trying to quit it myself - I know 'bad idea'.... what happens is I end up getting really stressed and angry - my wife even said to me 'I'd rather you stay on the tablets than face 'angry simon' again'... Doctor has said that I need to taper the drug off, I'm on 2.5mg - has anyone suffered the same as me and successfully got themselves off bisoprolol - did you just stop? The doctor said I could just quit (I don't fancy that), so he said I could go to 1.25mg and then after 4 - 6 weeks then quit that... (don't fancy that either to be honest)...
I don't mind how long it takes but I want off this drug, maybe the palpitations will return, maybe I would have to have something else to replace that, who knows.... I thought I would ask here as you guys and girls seem to know more about the real effects and how to stop.
All advice welcome, I will keep everyone in the loop with my progress.
One useful thing I did pick up along my Bisoprolol journey that nobody (and especially doctors) seem to know is DON'T take any multivitamins or supplements at the same time as taking your bisoprolol - they interfere with the absorption so leave at least 2 hours between.
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