First reduction in meds...

Well, I had my first reduction in my Sotalol last Wednesday. Doc lowered me 20%, from 200 mg/day to 160 and I can already notice a difference.

I actually have blood pressure again, not 80-90 over 38-50, but back closer to normal of 100-110 over 60.

There are a lot of things to start getting used to again, for example when I work out, I Actually heat up now, and get flushed like I should. It's difficult to determine what is normal anymore, so I watch my pulse monitor, but everything is good so far. I no longer get dizzy when standing and seem to have more energy.

Next month the Doc will again lower my medication probably to 120 mg/day and I will see how that goes. Hopefully he will be able to completely take me off, that would be great.


reduction of meds

by Pookie - 2008-04-27 09:04:03

so glad to hear that. it's a start!


meds are bad...

by turboz24 - 2008-04-28 12:04:13

Well, my meds were exclusively for the arrythmia. My regular blood pressure is around 110/60-70. The arrythmia drugs are just a shot gun, though and really affect many parts of your body.

My previous EP just wanted to medicate me and said I should just live with the tiredness, gastro problems, and depression caused by the beta blockers, and that's why I dumped him and swapped to a doc who would be aggressive enough, without being to aggressive.

I had my ablation, hopefully removing the sustained VT spots, and can come off the meds at least most of the way.


by ElectricFrank - 2008-04-28 12:04:28

Meds seem to be the source of many of our problems. The docs get paranoid over a slightly elevated BP (by the drug company standards) and over medicate for it. Then they try other meds or pacemaker settings to compensate for the effect of the med.

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