Should I take Amiodarone for AF, if not what else is there?

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I've been on Bisoprolol 10mg for 3 months with no effect on my Paroxysmal AF episodes so was started on Digoxin, now at 187.5mcg also with minimal effect. My Cardiologist and GP are pushing me to take Amiodarone but reading stories of side effects I'm terrified. I live in NZ so don't have the choice of Dronaderone. Have others refused Amiodarone and if so what were they then put on? I feel backed in to a corner with not many choices left. Thanks Maggie

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    I have been on it for three months,had no problem

    my cardiologist says it's the best medicine fo AF

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    Hi. Maggie.

    if it suits you take it. I was diagnosed with AF about 5 years ago for 3 years running I was rushed in to hospital and each time they upped my bisoprolol to 10 mg. 2 years ago I was rushed back in and they put me on amiodarone as well and everything was good except for a reaction I had. Couldn't go in the sun unless my skin was on fire, if I got hot & bothered my skin was on fire so I saw the consultant and he changed me to dronedarone. Had to have  regular blood tests because these can damage liver, these have been all good. In September of this year I was rushed back in and they found I have an over active thyroid which may have been caused by amiodarone and sets my AF going. They upped my bisoprol to 12.5 and gave me carbimazole 40 mg. I had a scan on my throat last week and I go back for my results next week. My AF is going at least once a day and sometimes for hours at a time. I am desperate as I don't know what to do and I don't feel well as I feel my pulse hard and jumping about right up my neck. Fingers crossed for this Thursday. 

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