Recently diagnosed with AFIB

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I was just recently diagnosed with AFIB last month and was put on 25 mg of metoprolol. Last week I had a follow up with my heart doctor and she increased my dosage to 50 mg but my ekg was fine and so was my blood pressure. I didn't ask then but now I am wondering why it was increased if the original dosage seemed to be working fine.

Also would like everyone's opinion on this medication. Does it work foryou? Does it make you sleepy?

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    Haven't used metoprolol specifically, don't believe they generally make you sleepy so much as very calm.  Beta blockers in general can raise your blood sugar, cause crazy dreaming.  My mom took metoprolol for years, my neighbor takes it, very common in the US, a little bit "old school".  I take a different beta blocker as needed.

    No idea why she'd raise your dosage, unless maybe she thought you were still too nervous or worked up about something.

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      MM, do you have real reasons for anxiety?  I ask because apparent anxiety can be caused by underlying medical conditions, which in turn might contribute to afib.  Many doctors throw around "anxiety" to cover anything they don't understand.  Of course many people really do have reasons for anxiety!

      Beta blockers are not really anti-anxiety meds, but I guess if you're already on it, a little more won't hurt, but they aren't the kind of drugs to play around with either.  And they can also cover up symptoms of other underlying problems, with thyroid or blood sugar or whatnot.  I'm sure your doctor knows all that, and now so do you!

      Good luck, and try not to worry!

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    Everyone can have different reactions, mine were depression and too slow heart beat. But the important thing is that it is keeping your heart from going into afib. It is generally where the doc starts  and if it works👍 Cheers. I was moved quickly to rhythm meds.  And up the chain to a strong ( and occasionally dangerous ). So far it’s working.  So just keep talking with your doctor. And learn all you can. You will be fine😊

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