I was prescribed amiodarone in the middle of November for my chaotic heart rhythm, strong ectopic beats going on for hours. I had already tried three other meds with no effect, cardio warned that this drug is heavy duty. Having read all of the negatives about it, and as it was not really having much effect either (more bad days than good) I decided to wean myself off after six weeks of 100mg daily.
I had been to A&E a few times with scary experiences and they just gave me extra bisoprol mainly, to stabilise me, I was already on 1.25mg for BP anyway. This being the case I thought that stopping the amiodarone and increasing the bisoprolol daily that it might be more effective, and as I had been on it for a while with no really noticeable side effects, it might be a solution. Anyway at the end of December I reduced the amiodarone to 50mg per day for a couple of weeks, and then to 25mg for a week or so. I stopped completely a week ago, and although the ectopics are still regular they are much more bearable than the uncomfortable gallops I was getting before. However a few days ago debilitating fatigue hit me like a train! Walking a few hundred yards and simply hanging my washing out leaves me knackered, I feel as weak as a newborn kitten!
I know that the amiodarone has a long half life, but as I was down to 25mg a day, and hadn’t had any glaringly noticeable side effects from first taking it, I thought it would be fine. So I guess my question is, could this be a symptom of this drug at this stage or should I see a doctor about other possible reasons for feeling this way?
Apologies for such a long, rambling post!