I took Sotalol 240 mgs daily for PAF until 3 weeks ago when I was switched to Bisoprolol 5 mgs twice daily because of persistent AFlutter.
I have a history of generalised anxiety disorder with panic.
In the last week, I have noticed increased anxiety. Nothing going on at home beyond the usual, feeling physically OK though not enjoying the ectopics. AFlutter asymptomatic, max 130, possibly too much coffee, 6 shots a day, which was not a problem previously.
So my question is, have members with AF and anxiety found that Biso or any other beta blocker made the anxiety worse? Usually they improve anxiety as an incidental benefit while prescribed for other conditions.
EDIT Sept 2018
I have reread the article linked above. I am not sure the opinions expressed are all sound. I am very surprised that Diazepam is suggested as a treatment for anxiety while no mention appears to be made of SSRIs. I believe it is true that beta blockers are prescribed “off licence” for anxiety. I can’t find NICE mentioning anxiety as a side effect of beta blockers.