sandoz bisoprolol

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My chemist gave me sandoz 1.25 bisoprolol, previous to that i was taking bisoprolol 1.25 given to me by the hospital when i was admitted with svt on february 4.   I have felt different after 3 days of taking these, i have had a breakthrough of missed heartbeats and not feeling myself, although the chemist say they are exactly the same .  has anyone experienced this ?  i got used to the other ones eventually, bit of a bad start with the side effects .  I see the heart specialist next wednesday.

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    I didn't like Sandoz bisoprolol (1.25mg) either. Before taking Sandoz I had used Mylan branded bisoprolol for 8 weeks with no side-effects. Brands are a lottery and chemists seem completely oblivious to it. If you mention side effects from different brands they just think you're being an 'awkward customer'. At the moment I am taking Almus brand and they are just as bad as the Sandoz. Where do I go from here? Next time I pick up my prescription for bisoprolol I am just going to hawk it around the chemists of Liverpool until I find someone who stocks Mylan brand. It's a complete nightmare, but I don't feel like I have a choice.

    Ann, you are not imagining it. Do your best to source the brand that works best for you! It may be a struggle, but it will be worth it.

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      Thanks for your reply!   I looked online to see if Sandoz is generic, i  could  not find it.  I do not feel after working all my life that i should be fobbed off with cheap medication.

       

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      Ha! The other two BP meds I take (Losartan and Doxazosin) are made by Teva and they are fine. If I carry on struggling with this Almus brand I may ask my pharmacist if they can get me Teva instead. I will then have taken virtually every brand of bisopolol currently available! I wonder inf there is a prize for that? ; )
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    Hi Ann

    Bisoprolol is available as a generic medication and has been approved by the FDA for manufacture by Teva, Mylan, Sandoz, Aurobino, and Unichem.

    The first names it was actually sold under we're Zebeta and Concord. every brand-name drug has a generic drug. When new drugs are first made they have drug patents. Most drug patents are protected for 20 years. The patent, which protects the company that made the drug first, doesn't allow anyone else to make and sell the drug. When the patent expires, other drug companies can start selling a generic version of the drug. But, first, they must test the drug and the FDA or MHRA in the UK must approve it

    They say that generics are identical to the original but I must agree sometimes there does seem to be a big difference in quality or strength doesn't there?.

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      When i was asleep last night i felt as if i wasn,t getting enough air, i take bisoprolol before bedtime so i can spend my day without side effects, it seems to work.  When i tried to discontinue after taking it for 2 weeks my heart rate was 98 and i had palpitations, i don,t like taking drugs but i had no choice  but to go back on them, this has definitely  got different side effects to Mylan.

       

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    This is interesting!  I came off Bisoprolol with permission 10th March, having weaned myself off.  It was dreadful and month that followed left me with tachycardias +++ (including Broad Complex Tachycardia). I spent 5 dreadful years of not having hardly any brain capacity, dropped BP and pulse with light headedness.  I had forgotten what it was like to be normal!  However, I needed something to stop the tachycardias and was put on Verapamil.  They didn't suit either and right now, my brain is pretty well struggling to give you all the details.  Anyway, last Saturday a GP prescribed Bisoprolol again and I was happy to put up with whatever side effect I had.  However, just like you it provided by Sandoz and creating what I've never had before - the missed beats.  I had to buy my own ECG machine as no one was believing me last year, so that's how I can see what's what.  I'm tired and exasperated ..... going to start a new thread if anyone is interested on this, together with driving and the dvla.  Forgot to say, I am going to a new consultant for query ablation.

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