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Hi people I have a question maybe you can give me input on

Off of amiodarone for one month and seeing my EP on Monday and we are going to discuss going on a new medication to ward off my AFIB. Really need a medication that won’t cause a number of side effects as my life is just about getting back to normal after three years. Any of you AFIb followers have any good suggestions? Thank you folks

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Most drugs have side effects except amiodarone which has effects! There are two other main anti arrhythmic drugs.-- flecainide and propafanone both working in similar ways. There are also a number of beta blockers and calcium channel blockers all of which slow the heart with different levels of success. It is a long search finding what works for you and we must not advise since we are not medically trained.

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Wasn’t asking for medical advice just suggestions on how other people deal with different meds for AFIB. The EP I have is a top Dr in my country

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Have you got your weight down to mid BMI levels, dumped Caffeine, got into a regular gentle exercise pattern, stopped the alcohol and had a diabetes sugar check along with your chloresterol levels? In short, how is your lifestyle?

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Ask about Tikosyn (dofettilide). Works without side effects for me after stopped amioderone because of side effects. You need to be hospitalized for the first 3 days of therapy because of possibility of ventricular arrhythmias when starting the drug.It has kept me in NSR for about 8 most now and no problems.

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Thanks ethereal my EP did mention that medication but I was unsure as to whether I could take 3 days to be hospitalized. You have me to thinking it will be worth doing further research on this medication. You gave me hope I’m always so anxious about flipping back.

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Hi. Can I ask what side effects you experienced please. My husband after his 2nd cardioversion was given this drug as he went back into AFafter 5 days, they have kept him on it and he had his 3rd cardioversion this week and they are continuing with this drug. Thank you in advance

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I have experianced no noticable side effects. I have been on dofetilide 8 months now and have remained in normal sinus rythym with no episodes of AFib. I am also on Eliquis and Entresto. Hopefully your husband will do as well.

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After 13 years of AF, 3 ablations, numerous cardioversions and trying various pills, I discovered my wonder drug a few years ago - Flecainide.

Jean

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Look up Candesartan.

Both Amiodarone and later Ramipril gave me severe side effects before I convinced my Cardiologist to “ look again” Thing is not everyone is affected by the same side effects

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But Candesartan is not an AF drug . It is for Blood pressure.

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Candesartan both works for controlling high blood pressure and also relaxes blood vessels and arteries to assist the heart in pumping blood

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True but not anti arrhythmic at all and there are better drugs for AF.

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What would you suggest BobD?

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I don't "do" drug advice as I am not medically trained but if you go to AF Association and search under patient information there is a booklet/fact sheet on drugs which you may find helpful.

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Right on Brianboru you are right it doe relax blood vessels and arteries. Some fellow AFIB followers claim to know it all but see you have done your homework

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I take Flecainide with no side effects

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