I Want to Stop Bisoprolol Completely 1.25mg

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I am taking 1,125mg of bisoprolol for about 5 years. My cardiologist agreed that I could try dropping the drug. He says it's a very low dose, almost homeopathic and could leave without problems.

I disagree and 2-3 times that I stopped taking it, I had serious and severe anxiety problems, palpitations and a terrible general malaise.

About 2 months ago, I started to cut a small sliver of the tablet and during the month of September I was relatively well. This month I increased the portion of the "splinter" and after 4-5 days, sit so badly, extreme anxiety, discomfort irrations, it seemed that I felt waves of energy in my body and a phenomenal restlessness.

I returned to take 1.125mg to stabilize again and I will re-cut very very slowly, splinters to the tablet, trying to stabilize longer, 1-2 months and then re-cut a portion a little larger.

I have, a problem, the tablet I take is heart-shaped at dosage 2, 25mg - minimum dose sold in Portugal - It has a slot in the middle, which allows dividing the tablet into 2 and obtaining the 1,125mg in the form of heart half . Taking small portions with this form is difficult to ensure that I maintain a constant dosage, as in conventional tablets.

Has anyone had this problem?

I really want to try to quit this drug. And I know it will be very difficult, from the experiences I've had. But I want to try again, and I have realized that gradually decreasing the dose and slowly in time is the best method for me.

I'm scared, but I have to.

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    I am also taking 1.25 bisoprolol, some days i feel unwell other days I,m ok, I don,t know whether it’s the drug or me, I take it for palpitations and svt, I also have anxiety and depression.  I try to remember what it was like before the drug, I was unwell with the palpitations and svt so it’s the lesser of 2 evils taking the drug.  All drugs have side effects
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    Firstly, why are you taking Biso?

    I started taking Biso Feb/16 when I started having SVT (AVNRT). I was taking I think 2.5mg.

    I decided to have an ablation May/16.  My EP specialist said to just stop it 5 days prior to the procedure. I questioned him whether it was okay to just stop and he said it was just fine.    Well it wasn't okay. I went  through awful withdrawls.  Doctors just do no get it.

    My ablation was postponed for 3 weeks, so I just stayed off it. The ablation 3 weeks later was unsuccessful but I never went back on the Biso.

    While taking it I had such side affects.   My heart rate was very low, and my bp was low too, I also take bp meds.

    My hands and feet were cold all the time, and I could not get off the sofa with such fatigue.  Just felt like a zombie.

    Never again will I ever take this crap.  I would rather have SVT than have to deal with Biso.

    Just take it slow.

    I am now weaning off 2 meds for anxiety and it has not been kind to me.  Started  March/17. Anxiety is through the roof.   But in order to have a second ablation I must be off all anxiety meds.   Not nice

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      I take 10mg of Bisoprolol at night time because the drug makes me feel tired. I know what you mean about feeling like a zombie on the sofa, it's hard to get motivated. I also, have to take 6mg of Warfarin with the Bisoprolol too.  I don't like Bisoprolol as it's given me a nasty side effect of very swollen feet and painful ankles which affects my walking. I have had SVT since 1996 caused by a bad batch of an antidepressant that I took for nine years but, (touch wood) not had an episode for a very long time. The cardiologist put me on Sotalol for the SVT which worked with no side effects so, I was happy until I got the Afib sad

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    Having taken bisop for 10+ years i have experimented with the dosages and the time of taking them.

    i take 3 x 1.25mg in 24hrs. at 14:00, 18:00 and 22:00hrs.

    i take digoxin 1.25 at 07:00am.

    Digoxin has a half life of 6hours and bisop half life of 2hours.

    it took me 6/8 months to sort out dosages and timings with the help of my pharmacist. Doctors were no help just saying take all tablets in the morning!!!!!!!!!

    From reading comments over the years it appears everyone has their own individual thresholds of dosages and timings and there are few rules.

    I sometimes miss a dose and dependant on the weather (if very hot/humid i do not make up dosage) or my feelings i may ensure i take the full dosage within the 24hours.

    i have tried to increase the dosage at the request of my cardiologist but the affects were so bad that he said i should revert.

    To stop completely I wish you the best luck

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    I take B 1.25mg each morning for the past ten months.  It was given to me initially for anxiety.  I am ok now and like you I would like to stop it if possible.  I tried once but I had no success.  My cardiologist said it might be difficult to stop.  First time I reduced the dose by cutting it slightly.  Then I measured my blood pressure with home monitor.  The problem was, once the BP went up when cutting the pill, I had no confidence to continue and I reverted to the normal dose.  I do not like taking the pill because of: hair loss, psiorasis, ringing in the ears, head tremors, sleeping problems.  Therefore, I am very tempted to try again.
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