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Re: atrial fibrillation

Re: atrial fibrillation

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Posted by marja on October 15, 2000 at 11:37:40:

In Reply to: atrial fibrillation posted by Frank on October 14, 2000 at 22:33:56:

: It has been documented that I have atrial fibrillation. My doctor wants to put me on either Betapace or Rythmol to correct this condition. As I understand it, the initial doseage of these drugs requires a 48 hour stay in the hospital for monitoring as they can potentially can have a life threatening effect on the heart. Does anyone have any experience with taking these drugs, know the side effects, or know of any other alternative to correct the AF???
Frank, I was on betapace for about two weeks Most individuals tolerate it well, I could not. 12 hours after the initial dose my ears started to ring and my neck was covered with bright red blotches. As soon as I got home, the worst possible depression hit me, I could not stop crying even when I tried. My ears were still ringing , my neck boiling red and also diarrea begun to plague me. I entered hospital again and was put on norpace. Norpace nor amiodarone stopped my AF episodes, so I am on cardizem now.. I still have episodes, but they are not so severe. By the way, tinnitus became a permanent nuissance, and my neck is still red. I wish you much luck with your search for cure, it wont be easy. marjater@eartlink.net




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