help with new bisoprolol

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hello everyone...

i have recently been given bisoprolol 2.5 mg for frequent tachyardia episodes and also high bp of an average 150/110.

after taking 2.5 mg i turned into a zombie and felt very my dr told me to cut it to 1.25 mg. but even with this dose my resting heart rate is in 45s and i feel like a zombie and very weak.

since this is my 4rth day....i wonder if i should stop it completly or wean it of to 0.62mg daily? thanks alot for your answers.

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    Hi Ricky, you might want to click on my profile and read all my comments regarding this.

    I felt wonderful except that I was getting Ventricular Ectopics that were joining together to form Ventricular Tachycardia, so they put me on Bisoprolol.

    I instantly described feeling like a "drunk zombie", same words as you!, I also said I had turned into an old man overnight and could no longer feel my lungs working.

    I was on 1.25 but cut this in half off my own back.

    Even on this tiny dosage, I was found hardly conscious at work, the nurse could not feel my pulse so gave me oxygen which brought me around and made me feel OK, by then the ambulance arrived and found my pulse to be 42.

    I wonder what it was like before the oxygen?, I wonder what it was like when I was on the double dosage, I wonder what it was like when I was asleep and not making myself breathe?

    So seeing the blood oxygen monitor in hospital reading 87% when awake, I bought my own, though I can get it to be 99%, (should be 95 to 100%), some nights it averages 84% whilst I am asleep and having nightmares of suffocating, which I understand is brain damaging territory, a 15 minute medical emergency, might explain why I feel I am now brain damaged, and this is months after completely being off any beta blocker. 

    They found I had anaphylactic shock from the Bisoprolol so took me off last March.

    But I still feel as if I am on Bisoprolol, my drunk zombie feeling is getting progressively worst so that people actually ask me if I am drunk, I feel as if the world is stationary, but my brain is made of liquid and sloshes around if I move to quick.

    I have had a hell of a time getting the NHS to go further than claim I have "anxiety", I told them Beta Blockers have permanently damaged my Autonomic Nervous System, so one nice cardiologist finally referred me and within five minutes of my assessment I was told I now have "Autonomic Instability".

    My employer has looked it up that it is incurable so now I lose my job. 

    I am sure I am a minority, but you will find others here, I just wouldn't want to see anothers life destroyed by this drug,

    Research it.

    Research beta-blockers causing Autonomic Neuropathy.



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      Hi Ricky, What are your symptoms since stopping the Bisoprolol?

      My only symptoms from stopping were the Ventricular Tachycardia coming back with a vengeance.

      All my other symptoms cane from starting the Bisoprolol, and remained even when I stopped.

      Hope you feel better quickly, how is the new med doing?


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    It took me some time to adjust. I take the same dose/2.5 mg and for the first few days I was totally wiped out. The heart rate seems low. I usually don't go lower than 50. It took a couple weeks to level out. My average resting rate is around 65 now, and the majority of the time it's in the 60-80 range. I.used to have several bouts of SVT each day. Give it time; it's now been about two months and my heart rate is so much more stable, and I don't notice any side effects. My runs of SVT are so short now and vasovagal maneuvers work. Give it some time; the results for me, at least were well worth it. Good luck.

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    Hello Ricky, I started taking Bisoprolol a year ago and it made me feel tired and unpleasant. But now I feel absolutely fine and have a sense of wellbeing I've not experienced for a long time. I take 1.25 mg morning and evening. I was suffering regular spells of arrhrithmia and felt my heart was heading for major problems. My heart rate was also too high. I'm now fine and I regard Bisoprolol as a wonder drug. The bottom line is that you need to persist with this and let your body adjust and eventually the side effects will subside. This is the case with all drugs. You can't expect miracle results as soon as you start taking medication.

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    hi visited my cardiologist yesterday he told me to stop it immmediately....

    my gp told me to switch to nebivolol 2.5 mg....or cut the dose of bisoprolol to .625.

    i visited another cardiologist and he agreed to stop bisoprolol and put me on a calcium channel blcoker called virampril.

    so i am back to being confused.

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    they all told me that the suitability of the meds would be visible in 4 days...the fact that i couldnt sleep and the fatigue made the cardiologist stop the meds.
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