in afib again this morning

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need suggestions. 2nd episode in 34 days. pretty good but still sick of it. i tried vagel maneuver. ER doc said dunk head in cold water. anything else?

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    50 mg benedryl - should take about 30-60 minutes to work.
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      The correct spelling is BENADRYL.

      It is an antihistamine and its warnings are that it causes hypotension, tachycardia, and palpitations as side effects.

      From BNF:

      Anaphylaxis; angioedema; angle-closure glaucoma (in adults); arrhythmias; blood disorders; bronchospasm; confusion; convulsions; depression; dizziness; extrapyramidal effects; hypersensitivity reactions; hypotension; liver dysfunction; palpitation; photosensitivity reactions; rashes; sleep disturbances; tremor

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      i talked to pharmacy and they said benadryl was ok.(walmart). the afib stopped before i took it. thanks for your suggestion however. it only lasted 4 hours today. lucky me.
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    I find that if I feel myself just starting to go into AFib, I take a good hard cough, and that seems to stop the process from continuing, don't know if this may help you in the future!
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    Try having a nap. I found that putting myself to bed and having a sleep did the trick.

    I once mentionned this to a consultant in a London Teaching Hospital and was suprised to hear him say this was sensible as a certain chemical was released when you slept..gave a long explananation (he was an an academic specialist cardiology Registrar) of which I have retained little.

    Having a nap is not the most instantanteous of cures however when you want to get on with what you need to do but it does work even if its only 30 minutes. Became quite adept at sneaking away for a sleep behind a locked office door!

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    Oh and forgot the obvious one. Take some flecainide ( the lowest dose that does the trick) in a pill in the pocket strategy - common remedy for paroxysmal AF. Wont last forever though as you will need larger  doses over time to achieve the same effect.If you have not discussed a pill in the pocket strategy with your cardiologist suggest you do so
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    My method, if it doesnt stop after half an hour, is now riidng my horse at sitting trot,  riding my motor bike down the bumpy track, riding my bike over the speed bumps. The best cure was the crazy ambo driver who said no.one dies in his ambo  - - he drove like a lunatic  (the paramedic fell off his seat and slid under my bed) to the big hospital, 45 mins, and from 280 I was normal at arrival. This is my drug free remedy!
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      my husband suggested the next time i went into afib he could "slap" me around a little and maybe that would help. he has never done that, but has always wanted to he said. lolol
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      NOT ME  Okapis, Your sleep method is crazy to me, how can I sleep when my chest is rattling up and down and the noise is not pleasant - - sleep ????  you must have a very weak form of AF, lucky you.
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      Yup quite agree Jay! I spent 30 years with AFib with it gradually getting worse. In the last stages as it  became increasingly disabling: unable to move, breathless - an attempt to lie down with ear against pillow only confirmed that it was time to call an ambulance.

      I can remember one memorable night when I put myself to bed after being in violent AF for 3 hours or so that the sound of my heart made me call 111 111 - a halfway house to calling an ambulance/GP in the UK. I so did not want to end up in hospital again! They sent a single paramedic, who really hoped that I wasn't a waste of time. He had just started his supper.. he had difficulty coping with my tempur mattress trying to afix leads...but a read of the ECG and BP had him calling for an ambulance. There weren't any in the area so they had to call one from an adjacent area. They duly arrived & sorted me out for the move but then had to confess to the single paramedic that they did not know where the Hamersmith Hospital was! Had to laugh anyway the single paramedic led them to the hospital blue lights flashing.

      Ended up in a cardiology ward for 11 days, going "off" into arrythmia repeatedly... cardioversion etc and eventually developing sepsis. Lovely! Fortunately caught very early.

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