Amioderone post ablation

Hi, I'm new to this (or any) forum but unfortunately not to PAF. I think I'm currently most struggling with taking Amioderone, into the 7th week, 12 weeks after a 2nd ablation, and am experiencing extended episodes of palpitations. I've also just been advised to increase Bisoprolol to 7.5mg. I've read and been told it takes a few weeks to work and know it is a strong drug. Have others found this? I feel quite down and frustrated by this pesky condition. Thank you in advance.

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  • Hi CJDa, I cant answer your question as my AF circumstances are different to you. This rogue condition is truly a pest.

    I just wanted to say a big welcome to the forum and I am sure people here with a similar experience to you will quickly answer your queries. Thus forum is amazing.

    Kind regards

    Dee

  • Hi CJDa, I cant answer your question as my AF circumstances are different to you. This rogue condition is truly a pest.

    I just wanted to say a big welcome to the forum and I am sure people here with a similar experience to you will quickly answer your queries. Thus forum is amazing.

    Kind regards

    Dee

  • Hi, when first diagnosed with AF I was placed on Amiodarone and it took 8 days for my heart to go back into NSR. As this drug is quite potent and shouldn't really be used long term I asked to be taken off and placed on something with fewer side effects. I must add that in the 18 months I was on it I didn't experience any side effects. I was placed on Flecainide 1st April, but this drug didn't work for me. I have an appointment with the specialist on 2nd September, but as the Flec is not working he has suggested I go back on the Amiodarone. I started it on Tuesday and I'm currently waiting for my heart to return to NSR. I'm on 400MG a day for a week, then 200MG a day until I see the specialist. I am informed it can take up to 2 weeks to start working, if it is to start working at all. If you have been on it for 7 weeks and it hasn't started to work I would suggest speaking with your EP.

    Jason

  • With me I find that amioderone did not stop the AF but kept the symptoms to a minimum, sometimes hardly noticable, which was good for me. Off and on over the past 15 years I have been on amioderone 6 years. The body has memory for amioderone so any gap inbetween courses don't count as far as long term side effects are concerned. I always found it a useful drug, very helpful, as I had such difficulty with the others, (Flecainide, Propofenone, Digoxin and others). I have regular blood tests to check any irregularity the drug might have caused, not necessarily just thyroid. Heading towards my third ablation, hopefully no more amioderone ! Perhaps.!

  • In Japan no cardiologist can prescribe over 5mg if bisoprolol, it isn't allowed. They were shocked when I told them I had been given 10mg in the UK.

  • HI Japaholic. In the UK you can be prescribed up to 20mg for AF. I was up to 17 1/2mg once but that didn't last long becos it didn't help and I got very dizzy etc... The funny thing is only cardiologists seem to know this. When I told any other doctors my dose, at that time, they were aghast and did not believe me until they called cardiology for confirmation.

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