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Amiodarone

celast

celast - Male, Over 70, Cheshire

Cheshire - Fri, 15 Aug 2014

Is anyone on this medication forAF ? Private cardiologist put me on them this week, it's to slow the heart and pulse rate,
If you are how to you find them.

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celast

celast - Male, Over 70, Cheshire

Cheshire - Thu, 21 Aug 2014

Can you take a beta blocker with amiodarone ? Sure I have read they should not, the doc says pacemakers are for low heart rate only.

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Charles B

Charles B - Male, 60 - 70, London

London - Thu, 21 Aug 2014

I agree with Loraine that Flecanide can have horrible effects - I was very ill with it. I was on Amiodarone for about 4 years. It worked slightly better than the beta blocker (Bisoprolol) I haed been on before. But as well as the problem with having to avoid strong sunshine (or plastering yourself with factor 50 every time you go out in summer), it can also affect the lungs - fibrosis. It started this mildly with me and so my consultant switched me on to the latest "miracle cure" called Dronedarone. It's meant to be like Amiodarone without the side effects. But, as with all of these powerful drugs, some specialists don't like it. So they only recommend it if Amiodarone is causing problems. Like Loraine, I am now part way through going down the pacemaker/av node ablation route and have posted a comment on that elsewhere.

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celast

celast - Male, Over 70, Cheshire

Cheshire - Tue, 19 Aug 2014

There is no way I will take it, I love to be in my shorts , saddles and sleeveless tee shirts all summer.
What will happen if I won't take them and just stay on my beta blocker and anticoagulant on which I feel fine as it seems to me the alternative is to take them and wear a burka all summer,
My problem is fast pulse and uneven heart rate and am now 77 years old

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Loraine

Loraine - Female, 60 - 70, Devon

Devon - Sat, 16 Aug 2014

Hi I was put on amiodarone 10 years ago.. I didn't get on with it at all... One of the side effects was that it could give you an odd skin colour if you sat in sunshine. I have been taking Bisoprolol and Digoxin, for the past 10 years. I have chronic AF, had pacemaker fitted a week ago... I will never come out of AF, still have a further operation to go in 4 weeks time to ablate the central node in my heart.
As for the different drugs available for AF there are quite a few, and sometimes the given drug does not suit the patient. Flecanide is a brilliant drug in respect of AF...if it works... for me it made me so ill... within a week of stopping it... even though the AF had not changed I felt a little human again. Any drug takes a while to get in the system.. most have minor side effects.. and you usually know yourself if you feel uncomfortable or wrong.. then its best to speak with your GP and he can tweak your medicine to suit you.

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celast

celast - Male, Over 70, Cheshire

Cheshire - Fri, 15 Aug 2014

Is there an alternative to amiodarone, don't fancy not being able to. Enjoy the sun and wear my shorts in the summer,

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celast

celast - Male, Over 70, Cheshire

Cheshire - Fri, 15 Aug 2014

What is cardio version ? I am only just starting with this,pulse rate
120, I am 77 so not a lot they can do,

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maryt631

maryt631 - Cumbria

Cumbria - Fri, 15 Aug 2014

Hi,
I'm on amiodarone and beta blocker for af. I've been using the amiodarone for approximately four years, Im due to go for a cardioversion soon and hopefully it'll work out. Af has troubled me for a number of years, had ablations done in the past so fingers crossed. Amiodarone causes you to avoid the sun make sure you wear long sleeved shirts, sun block, sunglasses a hat. You have to avoid anything with grapefruit in. Hope you will find your medication suiting you and you improve.
Mary

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