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Hi, this is more of a warning or hopefully help to anyone prescribed this drug, or a family member that has. My father, a previously active 78 year old was prescribed bisprolol after a pacemaker was fitted in Sept last year. We were warned about possible side effects but nothing could have prepared us for how horrific they were. Cutting a long story short, once Dad’s prescription was upped, he started displaying symptoms similar to dementia. He was very quiet, but also very confused and struggled to get his words out. Over the coming weeks, he turned into a shell of the man he once was; barely any conversation, no personality and he just constantly hid behind his newspaper (but he didn’t appear to be reading it).
The worst came when he started to look for his mum....she died 50 years ago and he just couldn’t understand it when we told him this. Then he got my sister (his eldest daughter) and his wife (our mum) mixed up....then he started not recognising my mum altogether. To say this was hideous is an understatement - my poor mum, Sams age as him was caring for him but he didn’t know who she was. One day he even said to me ‘you can’t expect me to believe that’s my wife’.
As a family we were obviously distraught. My sister was convinced it was dementia, however it just didn’t seem that way to me. Eventually after a horrific 3 months, we frogmarched Dad to the GP and insisted they start withdrawing him from bisprolol. Within a week the difference was amazing - Dad was back! Within a fortnight he was practically back to his normal cheeky self and now it’s been 2 months he’s back to normal completely. The GP said it was likely hallucinations caused by these beta blockers and that some people can’t tolerate them but it was so much worse than that.
I’m writing this in case anyone is struggling to work out why their family member isn’t quite themselves - if I had read this at the time it would have given me hope.
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