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Hi all, I had a paroxysmal AF episode 6 years ago and none since. I've had terrible side effects for 6 years from Bisoprolol where I was sleeping for 13 hours a day regularly and felt like an old man. My gp recently changed me to Carvedilol to see if that helped. I had the opposite effect, 4-5 hours sleep a night for a fortnight. I also had drug induced apnea and couldn't get my breath when laying flat a lot. Other side effects to boot as well.
I saw a different gp and I asked if I could come off of beta blockers as the side effects were ruining my quality of life. I had only had one episode of paroxysmal af 6 years ago which started off the route on beta blockers. I had flecanide to bring my heart rate back to normal and no other treatment. My gp has weaned me off of the Carvedilol now and said to see him in a month and to watch out for the af. He knows I am not under a cardiologist and didn't see a need to refer me to one.
I've been trying to do things to help, by cutting out alcohol a lot, losing weight and meditating quite a lot. Today is my first day after being weaned off of the Carvedilol. Does anyone have any thoughts or advice as I'm a bit worried the af may return. I take aspirin 75 mg and Omeprazole, as had a gastric bleed because of the aspirin 5 years ago. I know a lot of people say the aspirin isn't there to help in preventing strokes that are a result of AF. Do you think that I should demand a referral to a cardiologist. I'm even prepared to pay for a private consultation for my first appointment. I have always suffered with terrible side effects and the ones I have been getting with the Carvedilol are sometimes as rare as 1 in 100 people getting these. Thanks so much.
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