Hello, I am new here, have been reading previous postings on A-fib, associated meds. I have SVT/a-fib....high pulse rate.....have been on verapamil for several months, but had another "gray out" in April, and my heart rate has been 90 - to - over 100 since then. My cardio wants me to start taking digoxin, in addition to the verapamil. My problem is, I am afraid of digoxin. I am very sensitive to meds. Can anyone tell me if they are on this med.? Do you have to have regular bloodwork? Are there any side effects??? Can anyone help me?? My cardio said we should try adding this med. and if it doesn't work, he will send me to an EP for an ablation. Any suggestions?
I have SVT/a-fib....high pulse rate.....have been on verapamil for several months, but had another "gray out" in April, and my heart rate has been 90 - to - over 100 since then. My cardio wants me to start taking digoxin, in addition to the verapamil. My problem is, I am afraid of digoxin.
Digoxin works very well for me. It is the most effective med, that I have tried, that keeps my heart rate, and heart beat, fairly regular. Digoxin's effectiveness at slowing the heart rate, and helping the heart to beat stronger, are some of the reasons why Digoxin's been around for a couple of hundred years. Plus....... it's cheap.
I have been on digoxin for about twenty years for SVT/a-fib and high pulse rate, among other reasons. The main side effect that I get from this med is tiredness and lack of motivation, which I have learned to live with, and overcome.
I have also been on Verapamil for many years, three times a day. I can't take the Verapamil within 2.5 hours of Digoxin, or it will cause additional problems with my heart rhythm.
You might not have the same drug interaction between Verapamil and Digoxin that I did.
My grandfather has been on Digoxin for many years after trying many other meds that didn't work well for him. He says he's happy with it, and he leads a very active life, though he is in constant afib.
Also, my mom just went on Digoxin about a week ago after trying several of the same drugs that didn't work for my grandfather. So far so good. I'm hoping it will work as well for her as it does for my grandfather. She also has had two pulmonary vein ablations for her afib. She still has afib, but they are fewer and farther between. Good luck!