Nadolol

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Hello all. Am just wondering if anyone has had any experiences with starting nadolol 40mg daily? I'm 17 and have been taking it for 2 days and I have already noticed a difference but also some side effects. Can anyone give some feedback of it? It's quite uncommon as I see, so...

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    Have you seen this link?  It doesn't say whether the side effects diminish as you get used to it. I took bisoprolol for a while but couldn't cope with the tiredness.

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    Hi, XoMonkey, you are very young to be taking a betablocker, especially to start at double the lowest dose, i would be very careful, i do not know why you are prescribed it, but it is  very difficult to slowly wean off any betablocker, and very dangerous to stop abruptly  . Is there an urgent reason for the 40mg, could you ask your doctor if you could halve it to start? (or even quarter it). You do not say what they are, but i would urgently discuss the side effects with your doctor,  
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      I only take 40mg nadolol a day (half of 80mg) so I half the 80mg pill daily. Yeah, I'm very apprehensive too. I'm on it for paroxsym AF and regular PVC's which give me troublesome symptoms daily. Not sure if it's urgent, the prescription said it was (as hospital-only prescription at the time i got it). The side effects are: extreme tiredness (falling asleep during the evening after 12 hrs sleep), headache (more frequent than usual), really slow heart beat (reaches about 59/60 when resting, which isn't madly low but my average in sinus rhythm is 75/80). It has only been 2 days however.

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      Hi, XoMonkey, Thanks for your reply, i would suggest you speak to your GP or hospital about your concerns if the side effects become intolerable, any beta blocker slows the heart, that is one of their main purposes, if you feel under 60 is not tolerable, you could discuss with your doctor?it depends on your individual situation, I was on them for possible parox AF, in particular situations, but there were other factors. I could not feel ok at 57, but my GP said that was ok for me. The slow heart is to protect you, esp at times your heart may speed up a bit more, i found as low as 57 unpleasant but my GP was not concerned, i had constant fatigue and breathing probs and gastric probs and other probs as time went on, but i was on a quite different beta blocker. At least yours, unlike the one i took,  is hardly lipophilic as far as i can see (i.e. it only marginally enters the brain ), i would chose one like that if i have to start again. But it  appears to be not beta selective, and, as far as i understand, it could possibly affect your lungs more.  But i am not an expert - mine was betaselective, and it still affected my lungs.  Hopefully you will find side effects lessen over the next weeks, i would go through things with a doctor asap, ask why your doctors decided the Bisoprolol was not ok, and why they chose  Nadolol, if you have not been told.  If things do not settle, there are many betablockers available, sorry i cant be of more help, take care. Annie
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      True, I kept feeling silly that I was questioning the speed in fact it feels great. When I was on bisoprolol I somehow dropped down to 32 and that was intolerable, but 50/60 on nadolol is tolerable and half the time I don't even notice it. I think they switched because I told them and begged for something to be done because it was unmanageable.  

      Thanks very much, you have helped a lot

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      Thanks. I have already found that it's helping a lot, like I can heardly feel my heart beating any more. However, the same thing happened with bisoprolol and then it went down hill from there. Just hoping this isn't the same. The side effects have reduced but I still get a lot of PVC's. 

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