Stopping Bisoprolol

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Hi there. I was prescribed Bisoprolol 1.25mg for blood pressure but now among other things it has lowered my heart rate to the 50s. I cut it in half for more than a week but still no change in my heart rate. I am Planning  to go see my GP this week. I am also planning to miss today half dose has anyone missed a dose or do you think I should take the medication until I see my Gp. I am new to this group forgive my long text

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    It is normal with lower heart rate  when you take Bisoprolol, but never stop taking beta blockers until you have seen your GP.


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    Hi, You don't say how long you have been on it, as with most drugs of this kind it isn't wise to just stop however I have on occasion forgotten to take it (I am on 2.5mg) and haven't come to any harm, my heart rate is about the same as yours, I'm happy just so long as it doesn't go any lower.

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    I was put on bisoprolol start of January 17. Right away made me feel like a drunk zombie, I could no longer feel my lungs work and seemed to have to "remember" to breathe, turned me into an old man overnight.

    So, just like you, I right away cut my 1.25 tablets in half as this was enough to stave off the Ventricular Tachycardia I had been prescribed them for.

    March 8th 17 at work, a colleague finds me learnt against the way in a state of confusion, takes me to the nurse, she cannot detect a pulse so calls an ambulance and puts me on oxygen. the oxygen brought me around and made me feel fine, but even after the oxygen, the paramedics found my pulse to be 42bpm, so I wonder what my pulse was before the oxygen?

    I wonder what my pulse was like when I was on the full dose?, when I was asleep so not doing the remembering to breathe part?

    Is this why I right away felt as if I was drunk, oxygen starvation caused by a too slow heartbeat?

    The ambulance took me to St Thomas' hospital were they declared I had anaphylactic shock from beta blockers so have not been on one since last March.

    The symptoms have remained however and it has resulted in my losing my job.

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      I stopped them cold turkey four times. One time was I was told to stop taking them as you have to be clear for an EP study and ablation, trouble is stopping them cold turkey sent me in Ventricular Tachycardia and on one occasion, the hospital pumped me full of bisoprolol so I had to go cold turkey again.

      The cardiologist claims there is no danger in this, but I think they just try and protect themselves from giving you dangerous advice. Read the boards here and you will find quite a few ill people from coming off these dangerous drugs. If you are coming off them, I would advise to take a long time so you can do it very gradualy or else it is a shock to your ANS to have a load of adrenaline receptors suddenly snap back online.

      It is hard for me to differentiate between my remaining symptoms from going on them in the first place, to withdrawal symptoms. The much higher heart rate I ended up with is probably a coming off symptom. I now have Autonomic Instability, that could be as a result of swinging the Autonomic Nervous System first one way, then back the other way when I came off. 

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