I've just been diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia and have taken my first Bisoprolol 2.5

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I've just been diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia and have taken my first Bisoprolol 2.5 today.

I'd like to stay in touch to compare notes as I've heard the two week phase of getting used to this drug can be tricky.

can I please have some feedback on what I may expect.

im.61 amd quite fit., but do suffer from insomnia.

The tachycardia gives me a pulsing tinnitus as well

I'd like to thank everyone for their support in advance.

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    Hi there, I have been on 2.5mg for about 3 years now and it has only ever made me feel very drowsy and sometimes a bit dizzy, the first 2 weeks were fine apart form the drowsyness, my husband was on Bisaprolol 5 mgs for 6 years and they never affected him at all, it doesn't affect everyone the same.
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      I hope you're not affected, it can be annoying at times, I'm not working now so at least it isn't a problem in that respect, at least my heart isn't beating at almost 200bpm, which was even more annoying. smile
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      I think it was because I just wanted to sleep all of the time, I would be out with my dogs in the morning and could have quite happily curled up on the heather and gone to sleep, it was so bad, it's not that bad now thankfully but I struggle with the weight still.
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      I am lucky my energy level was only hit a little bit but when I do sleep ohhh I sleep well lol. I think I was always so high strung and anxious all the time before the bisoprolol that it took me down to more of a calm level as I am very calm now. She wanted me on 5 mg I compromised to half. But this no appetite thing is great as I am overweight . I lost a few pounds its going slowly even with eating less but i guess as long as its something!
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      10 pm every nite. My specialist insisted it be at night she even wanted my blood pressure meds taken then too but i had slready been taking them for years in the morning. She said that most heart attacks occur in the mornings and that the heart benefits from blood pressure and beta blockers the most at night. She is one of the leading cardiac physicians in british columbia so i took her word for it
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      Ah that's interesting, I take mine in the morning, I might ask my GP if I can take it at night instead, I think looking back that she did say that was ok, I don't sleep well at all at night, I've always put it down to working nights for almost 20 years, sometimes your system gets so used to it that it's hard to switch off, now I'm not working it's a blessed nuisance while everyone else is snoring their heads off, inluding my 2 dogs, my heart rate does drop quite a bit on this medication, I was in hospital a year ago for an op, something unrelated and my second day after the op my heartrate dropped to 46 beats a minute, I was completely nonchalant about it but the nurses were coming into my room every 15 minutes to check up on me, I guess I have just got so used to it, it was quite comical......................to me anyway. biggrin
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      Yes it might be more beneficial i sleep real well on it and have good energy during the day other then a few bouts of momentary tiredness but its a calm tired so weird lol. All these flippin pills lol who woulda thought lol!
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      Hi phoebewhite.

      Here's what I found after starting Biso at 2.5mg/day. Don't worry - none of it was particularly bad and it's setlled down.

      A couple fo hours after the first dose, I fell sound asleep infront of the TV for two hours.

      Over the next ten days or so, I noticed that I was getting headaches, of the 'iron band around the skull' type.

      The next thing was confusion so I kept doing silly things. I kept losing my keys and would lose track of whicch day it was. Sleeping was OK  and it's too soon to see if any weight gain has occurred.

      I asked a medic who did a follow up on the AF for whihc I was prescribed the drug. He simply said, "Keep taking the tablets". Sure enough, after a couple of weeks, the above things simply stopped happening. Since then, I do nod off occasionally but not after every tablet. We are, of course, all different.

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      Hi davhill, you are lucky that your side effects have stopped, mine haven't even after 3 years, but I plod on as I don't want the AF to start again, bisoproplol keeps that in check so feeling sleepy is a small price to pay.
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      Hi phoebewhite.

      I think I spoke too soon, damn it. I went to see the GP and he wanted to increase my Biso from 2.5 to 3.75mg per day. I managed 10 days on the new dose but my heart rate dropped to 46bpm.

      A few days ago I felt really awful...cold, exhausted, nauseated, air hungry, weak and shaky so I called the NHS non-emergency number. A doctor called back and told me to go back to the old dose - we concluded the drug was essentially giving me equivalent of mild altitiude sickness.

      AT 53bpm - ish since but still tired.

      I've a phone consult with my GP tomorrow. My cardio appointment's in twelve days - the waiting's getting to me.  I look online for an earlier appointment every day but no luck yet.

      It's far too easy to obsess about these things. Having said that, yesterday was a little better - for a change.

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      My heartate regularly drops to 48 which accounts for the tiredness, I was in hospital recently for an op (not related to heart) and it dropped to 46 the day after surgery the nursing staff were checking on me every 15-30 mins or so to make sure I was still alive, I was quite nonchalant about it all, I suppose I have got used to it, it's 54 as I am tying this and to me that is fast, LOL.
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      I've noticed that my rate is better now and the attacks of pulsating arythmia have all but stopped. But I've still got the tinnitus which is horrible.

      I've found having an audio book on an mp3 player with in-ear headphones helps to block it out at night.

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