Irregular Heartbeat (Arrhythmia)

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Irregular Heartbeat (Arrhythmia) Overview

Arrhythmias, also known as cardiac arrhythmias, heart arrhythmias, or dysrhythmias, are irregularities in the heartbeat, including when it is too fast or too slow. A resting heart rate that is too fast \u2013 above 100 beats per minute in adults \u2013 is called tachycardia, and a resting heart rate that is too slow \u2013 below 60 beats per minute \u2013 is called bradycardia. Some types of arrhythmias have no symptoms. Symptoms, when present, may include palpitations or feeling a pause betw...

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Tikosyn and daylight savings time

I take my Tikosyn at 5:30am and 5:30pm. I know it’s important not to miss a dose and adhere to a schedule. Do I alter the times at all when the clocks fall back during daylight savings? ## For daylight saving do I take my tikosyn an hour earlier ## Unless your doctor, or pharmacist instructs otherwise, you can adjust your dosing times accordingly. Generally a change of such a small window is fine. The FDA warns that Tikosyn may cause side effects, such as nausea, headache, chest pain, back pain, and insomnia. Ref: Tikosyn Information Are you on any other medications? ## I take dofetelide for afib 5:00am a s 5:00pm. Daylight savings time just started i took one 5:00 pm so how so i take 5:00 am dose now?? It is confusing. Thanks ## With DST ending, the clocks fall back an hour. So i...

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Amiodarone - Sources of help?

I am 69 yr. old male living in NY State. I was put on Amiodarone in Dec. 2021, 200mg/day. I summarily stopped the med. in Nov. 2022 when the morbid depression turned to distinctly suicidal thoughts. As always, when I experience new adverse effects I re-read, carefully, the side effects of the most recent med. added to my regimen. In this case it was Amiodarone and I immediately knew what was happening. In the final section generally labeled as, "call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects", I was experiencing several of the worst case scenario side effects. I told my cardiologist I had stopped the med. and he made NO auditory response, not a single word. I expected some direction, continue the drug, taper off, replace with..., you must contin...

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sotalol is causing hair loss

Anybody notice hair loss while taking sotalol 120mg for PVC's? What can I do about it. ## Hello, Chickie! How are you? Yes, that is a fairly common side effect of this medication, but there's not really anything that can be done, it generally persists as long as someone is still taking it. The only suggestion I can make is to ask your doctor about trying a different medication. Does anyone else have any suggestions? ## I have been taking sotalol for over 8 months now and before I was taking this medication I had a healthy head of hair.. now I am thinning for much...I mean I thought maybe it was my so called bad water in this trailer park ...but then I thought I'm going to look up this med to see if there are any side affects. then I came across this... has anyone finding any...

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Amiodarone - a risky drug?

I have recently started taking Amiodarone. Some of the comments here are worrisome, but were made several years ago. Is it safer now or still the same risks? ## Hello, Mary! How are you? Nothing has really changed about it. The FDA classifies it as an antiarrhyythic agent that's common used to treat cardiac dysrhythmias. Its typical side effects may possibly include nausea, interstitial lung disease, thyroid abnormalities, GI upset and elevated liver enzymes. What do you consider really risk and worrisome? Perhaps I can better help you if those are addressed. ## My father just died a few days ago as a direct result of taking Amiodarone... His death was two weeks of agonizingly trying to breath on a bipap machine.... He was relatively healthy prior to being on this drug which caused ...

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Alcohol and Flecainide

Been taking these together for a year and I'm starting to get muscle spasms at night. Has anyone else experienced this? ## The FDA doesn't list that as a typical side effect of taking Flecainide, they usually include symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, muscle weakness, constipation, and visual disturbances. Ref: Flecainide Information However, depending on how much alcohol you're indulging in, you may be dehydrated, and/or low in potassium, which may explain the muscle spasms. How much water, and other liquids do you drink each day? What does your normal diet consist of?

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Taking Flecainide and Verapamil Together

I suffer from AFIB, get it once aprox every two weeks for 6 hours. My cardio wants me to take Flecainide and Verapamil. I am really afraid of the possible side effects of Flecainide which appears to be a dangerous drug, and why would he give me Verapamil when I have quite low blood pressure? ## I was afraid of Flecainide as well and terrified of taking both together. But what's the alternative? Like you I suffer constant bouts of AF and they can be debilitating to say the least. I have found Flecainide OK, but still get AF, am about to start on Verapamil as am sick of being sick. Fingers crossed...this is a rotten complaint and Drs have really no idea how to best treat it so you have to try along with them...dancing in the dark! ## Verapamil, as well as most other blood pressure med...

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Tikosyn help and experiences

What's your experience with tikosyn? ## I don't have any personal experience with this medication, but thought it would be helpful to others who are interested in it to post some more details about Tikosyn. Tikosyn (Dofetilide) is used to treat irregular heartbeats. It improves your heart rhythm by relaxing an overactive heart. Information regarding other uses, side effects, interactions, etc, can be viewed in the two links below: I hope this helps! ## I am scheduling a hospitalization for this medication (Tikosyn). Would love to hear from anyone who has used this; what has been your experience? ## I studied Tikosyn and thought it would be the best choice for me, because it does not have the side effect of slowing the heart down or lowering blood pressure like so many anti-ahrry...

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Amiodarone and asthma

I was given Amiodarone as a precaution June of last year after open heart surgery. Even after two personal visits each (the heart surgeon and the attending pulmonary doctor). I made it very clear to each of them not to give me any medication that could affect my asthma. I started having serious breathing issues within three days of my surgery that became progressively worse. I complained daily and begged for Prednisone which they refused to give me. I had stopped this poisonous drug after five weeks, but the damage was done. Amiodarone can stay in the cells of your body for several months continuously doing damage to your lungs and more. It ruined my life! ## Hello, Ken! How are you doing? I am very sorry about what you've been through, that's terrible. Unfortunately, when presc...

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Flecainide Side Effect

Anyone suffer abdominal distention (bloating) from Flecainide? It's making me want to go off the drug...only been on it a week. Thanks ## Have you consulted your doctor? It has been known to cause dyspepsia in anywhere from 1 to 3% of people that use it, according to the clinical studies. If it is very severe, you should consult your doctor for a dosage adjustment or possible switch to a different medication. ## I am bloating up like crazy since being on this drug. I called my doctor about it and he said to excercise it couldn't be from the flecainide. After reading this forum I will challenge him on his answer. ## ME! I have been on Flechainide twice now for Afib. That is its worst side effect I have is bad stomach gas or indegestion which causes upper center chest pain. It als...

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Sotalol and dizziness

I was prescribed sotalol 2 years ago for a-fib. After a couple days I noticed I was dizzy all the time. I would go down to my shop a find myself grabbing on to anything to keep from falling. With lathe, milling machine, tire machine. To fall into any of those and more with my head could be a serious medical problem. I wasn't having this dizzy problem before so I decided to quit the Sotalol and se if it was the culprit. It took a couple days but things got better and better yet as time wore on. After a couple of months I felt guilty about self medicating I started the Sotalol again, on second morning, I could barely stand up to get from bed to bath. I consider this a serious side effect, what are your thoughts? ## Sotalol is a beta blocker, and dizziness can be a very common side eff...

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