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Has anyone experienced a drawn out rebound effect from stopping Bisoprolol?
In February my husband was taken to A&E with rapid heartbeat (182) that would not subside and was kept on a ward overnight and subsequently diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation. On discharge he was prescribed daily Warfarin and 2.5mg Bisoprolol.
We read up as much as we could about AF/ anti-coagulants / betablockers and we became aware that betablockers can really slow you down until your body adjusts. So far, so good. After 2 weeks the crippling tiredness and weakness was much less and he felt well enough to resume his daily walk albeit at a slower pace. He maintained his walking for approx. 3 weeks when suddenly he found himself struggling to get back home. His legs felt like they couldn't bear his weight and he was afraid he would fall over.
That put paid to the daily walking but sadly the problem worsened until he was even having difficulty walking around the house. Not breathless at all just felt he was in danger of his legs giving out. Over the last few weeks he has become a virtual recluse.
Initially the GP said to try and persevere but then even he could see he was deteriorating so reduced the Biso to 1.25mg for a week and then stopped them altogether. The hospital Consultant offered 3 options - just take Warfarin and monitor BP / HR until next appt.; try a different betablocker; try a calcium channel blocker.
He decided to monitor BP / HR and for last 3 weeks he's had 85% average readings and 15% spikes and dips but now AF attacks. But has also found that he had a couple of feeling good days but in the main he feels worse now than when he first started betablockers.
We know there is a rebound effect but given that he was only taking a relatively low dose for just over 7 weeks we expected to see a sustained improvement after 3 weeks without betablockers. Any info. about duration of rebound gratefully received
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