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Old 09-10-2011, 10:32 AM   #1
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Decongestants , antihistimines causing pvcs?

Friday I had the worst 6 or 8 minutes of my pvc history, which goes back many years. I have a head cold and my nasal passages have been blocked up completely. I was walking into our house and the NASTIEST PVCs I have ever had struck with no warning, as usual. They had a few normal beats between the pvcs but the whole episode lasted about 6 or 8 minutes, seeming like forever. I finally told my wife that we might have to go to the ER but they finally settled down. I pretty much knew that the super intense pvcs would likely go away by the time we got to the ER, so I gambled on them going away and not go to the ER, although I have never been so close to going to the ER. I took a lorazepam and laid down and had no more trouble. I also had about 4 or 5 Hershey kisses on the way home. I guess I should realize that chocolate (caffeine) can and has, at times, triggered pvcs. But I think a doctor may have told me many years ago that I shouldn't use nose spray except for the saline type (water). When I can't breath through my nose I try to use just a small amount of Afrin nose spray. Don't know of any other way to clear my nasal passages. I can't sleep of function with a stuffed up nose and I have a difficult time just breathing through my mouth. I imagine we all have this stuffiness from time to time. Anyone heard of this decongestant/antihistamine causing pvc problem? I would really like to hear from anyone who has any ideas or knowledge of this problem. Thanks!

 
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:47 AM   #2
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Re: Decongestants , antihistimines causing pvcs?

Also I wonder just what does cause pvcs. If it is an electrical problem then it must originate in the brain, I guess. But then certain body movements, especially bending, can set the pvcs off, at times. This vagal nerve also must get it's message from the brain, wouldn't you think? Sure can be a true nightmare, at times !!

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Re: Decongestants , antihistimines causing pvcs?

Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed or Afrin) is a stimulant. If you are vulnerable to pvc's, it could definitely trigger them.

 
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Re: Decongestants , antihistimines causing pvcs?

I can't take any decongestants, it absolutely makes my pvcs and pacs way worse

 
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Re: Decongestants , antihistimines causing pvcs?

Thank you Jane and Miche for the input. I really appreciate it, BIG TIME ! Do either of you know of anything else we can use without pvc side affects?

 
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