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My mom (stage 4-5 ckd) was on Eliquis and Amiodarone (was put on these meds ever since her very first/only cardioversion in May 2016). I first stopped the Eliquis (about a month ago), She had been having massive nose bleeds (the most recent requiring her to have it packed with a balloon). The Amiodarone (my thinking -- I could be wrong) made her especially unsteady on her feet. I also suspect it made her feel too weak to stand on them. I coldn't see how we could risk a fall with a bleeding problem). Now am told the odds of going into AFIB a second time are 70 perceont without the Amiodarone. The risk of stroke with the AFIB is 6 percent. GP says okay to stop Eliquis, but best to stay on Amiodarone. She has had only one AFIB episode, but has mild Dyastolic heart failure.
One of the he most obvious and annoying symptoms has been loss of voice/hoarse voice. I looked this up, and it's supposedly a very low occurring side effect. Is it really? For those of you with this side effect and who stopped Amiodarone, did your voice ever return to normal?
Why is baby aspirin no longer recommended, as it was in the past? Is it an adequate sub for Eliquis?
Is it safe to take Simvastsatin with Amiodarone? Docs say it is, but I read otherwise.
Is 100 mg. Amiodarone effective? Cardio says 200mg is minimum dose to be effective. GP says 100 is effective. GP is also the one who gave stats on AFIB occurring a second time.
Has anyone stopped Amiodarone and NOT gone into AFIB, afterwards? Is this drug a lifeloong commitment?
And finally, want to throw this out there: Anyone highly recommned a stellar cardiologist between Menlo Park/Stanford and San Jose? Knowledge of kidney failure is a big plus. Not unhappy with cardio, but not overly confident, either; would appreciate at least a second/third opinion.
Thank you. I love this forum.
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