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Quinine and your heart

Like all of us on here I have had to search for alternatives to alcoholic drinks. I have for the last few months been drinking litres of Tonic water flavoured with Elderflower. Very nice and refreshing with ice and a slice!

Anyway, I have started to feel yucky (slight nausea and light headed) my BO is down to under 100. A search on internet revealed that those of us with irregular hearbeats should not be drink large amounts of the stuff.

Has anyone else any experience

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Much better to dring non-alcoholic gin, vodka, wine or beer than that sugary stuff, quinine or not.

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I quite enjoy Torres Natureo De-Alcoholised Spanish Red Wine. The alcohol free whites tend to be sweetish!

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I drink real booze, just not very much of it and not as often. I'll have a couple if out with friends but at home I'm happy with herbal tea and water. What a bore I've become.

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Although I recommend it I only drunk it occasionally in the three months up to my bypass and six weeks. Before it became an issue with the anti-anginals and after I waited to get a goahead. My surgeon did recommend that as I would not be drinking a lot I should stick to good quality products with which I am compliant! :) Obviously a wise man!

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I just sat down with my glass of tonic!!!! I have been feeling nausea 😷. I must check this out. Thanks.

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I have the occasional alcoholic drink but otherwise I quite like lime and soda.

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I have irregular heart beats and tonic water makes me feel great! Everything in moderation, as they say...is it a quality tonic, without sweeteners added?

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I don’t touch alcohol of any description and haven’t for many years and flavoured drinks should be avoided too as so many other things are added. Water should be your best friend.

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Depends what you are trying to replace from the alcoholic drinks. The liquid or the buzz. If it's the buzz then most things would be illegal.

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Hi Ogilvie,

Just to put the cat among the pigeons; I have Atrial Fibrilation and a very irrregular heart beat, I don't get more than 10, 12 beats the same. I also have night time cramp in my legs. My GP prescribed Quinine for the cramp and I have taken that for some while now

... rather naughtily I do drink alcohol ...

I feel fine most of the time although I do tire easily but that's probably due to being only 8 weeks post very major open heart surgery and the effects of Bisporolol.

I would imagine your symptoms are mostly attributable to low blood pressure which I also had soon after my surgery (light headed, fatigued, feeling like crap all the time) but which has now corrected to about 117/74'ish.

This is just my two pennyworth but I think your light headedness and feeling rough is probably due to the low blood pressure not Tonic Water or Quinine.

Regards,

Phil.

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Hopefully your GP only prescribed tonic water for the quinine? Quinine tablets used to be used to prevent malaria when going abroad but it can damage the liver and has been banned in a number of countries.

This is only from memory, i read it somewhere. you might like to check it out.

My GP prescribed it for my persistent leg cramp, but I stick to tonic water now.

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Never been much of a drinker but discovered Erdinger no alcohol beer while on holiday. It's a wheat beer with a good flavour (unlike some others) and 125 calories per 500ml bottle

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Doesn't taste like beer !! Bavaria 0% does .

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Thanks will give it a try

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Always enjoyed a drink, drink of preference is prosecco or white wine, generally I don't drink to excess, but it's not been something my cardiac team has ever told me to stop doing!

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According to my husbands GP, you would have to consume large amounts of tonic water for any effect, as there is hardly any quinine in it now, I would suggest you mention this to your GP as it could be something more serious.

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Good look with that then Ogilvie

Take care

C

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Thank you so much for your comments - as ever very helpfull and some brought a smile to my face

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