HELP - dilemma about medication
I have been on Nadolol for SVT since May 2009, 40mg. Prior to this I was having frequent episodes, and since that time have not had any.
In September this year I cut down to 20mg, largely as I was wanting to get fit and the beta blocker was getting in the way.
In the last week or so my pulse has dropped quite significantly, and yesterday was at times as low as 38. Usual for me is mid 50s. I am 41 and semi fit, but not fit enough to have that low a pulse lol. BP has remained constant at 110/70.
My GP said to stop the Nadolol immediately, but I was reluctant as am fearful of going back to frequent SVT attacks and hospital trips, adenosine etc. Also, I find it odd that this occurs on 20mg and didn't on 40mg!
I spoke briefly by phone to the cardiologist today who wasnt really much help. He says a low pulse is fine if I am not symptomatic. I have had occasional periods of exhaustion, but generally ok, and still working fulltime and single mum of four! He also said a trial of no medication might be useful, and that I could pop a half pill (20mg) if I had SVT attacks.
I am considering a middle ground of 1/4 pill (10mg) to see if it lifts the pulse slightly. Having said that, I took 1/4 last night and today my pulse has varied between 45 and 52. Today I also did 10 minutes on the cross trainer and my HR went to 130, and one minute later was at 60.
Any thoughts?? The irony is I actually wanted to get off the beta blocker totally, but wanting to is one thing, being told to stop NOW is another - I find it a bit scary and am not confident - don't want the SVT to return.
Last edited by iwanttobefree; 12-09-2011 at 12:54 AM.
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