I was diagnosed with PAF three years ago. Initially my cardiologist tried me with a variety of medications including beta blockers and calcium Chanel blockers - none of which suited
I was given 1.25 bisoprolol as a PIP.
Until 4 weeks ago I had only 4 short episodes, I took 2 x 1.25 bisoprolol and I was back in NSR in less than 2 hours
Not sure if it is relevant but since August I have been in a lot of pain with a prolapsed disc in my neck and I have needed to take a lot of painkillers (Zapain containing codeine)
Unfortunately I have had 2 episodes of AF in the last 4 weeks both lasting 8 hours and needing 5 mg of bisoprolol to get back into NSR
I have been referred to a new Electrophysiologist who has recommended that I start to take 50mg of flecainide twice a day
I always thought that the first time that this drug was given was always under medical supervision but my consultant has said that was advice given 10 years ago and it is perfectly safe
I know you should not google but I am now too afraid to start it in case I experience one of the “black box” warnings listed
I know 2 friends who were rushed to A&E after their first doses
Am I worrying unnecessarily?