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midodrine

does anyone else take this??? how does it make you feel?? my doctor mentioned it may cause migraines......

also, i went to see my EP today and told him that I feel like i have poor circulation- my arms, legs, hips, head, and many body parts are always falling asleep especially when i am laying down and he said it was not a heart problem..... well what kind of problem is it??? i also have trouble after i eat, i start to feel hot and flushed and get light headed.... he didnt seem to...

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Plavix VS Coumadin

A friend of mine who is a heart surgeon said that the side effects of Plavix were way easier to deal with, and that Coumadin was only 1 1/2% better at preventing strokes than Plavix. Apparently with Plavix, you don't need to be drug in for blood tests all of the time. Also, Life Extension had a good artical on Vitamin K and Coumadin doses. Vitamin K has more roles than just clotting, and Coumadin can deprive the body of it.

Has anyone switched to Plavix? Anyone have any imput? I'...

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Drug Costs, Effectiveness, Lipitor

I am in the US. Just calculated my probable drug costs for 2009 at about $3000 after insurance and out of MY pocket. Yikes. Three drugs are the issue: Plavix (75 mg had a drug eluding stent placed July 08) might need to take "forever." Lipitor (40 mg) needed "forever" and Amiodarone (400 mg-tried Toprol and Sotalol, but on those my ICD fired 8 times). They are trying to get me off Amio and may consider Ventricular ablation.

Lipitor is $1400 a year. Zocor is like Lipitor and has a US g...

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Generic for Toprol XL

My mail- in pharmacy sent me a letter saying they can no longer get the generic for Toprol XL. I asked at my local CVS and they agreed it's almost impossible.
Of course, I'll have to pay a much larger Co pay for the brand name. Has anyone else run into this problem?? I know many of you are also on this drug...

Thanks,
Suze

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???

I keep having fainting spells and periods of confusion and i cant figure why this would happen if i have my pacemaker. At first it was happening when i was standing and now it is happening when i am sitting as well. I went to the hspital on sat for this and the checked my pacemaker and did a chest exay and said everything was fine. Any thoughts?

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AT or AFL

Hey guys: Just needed to get it off my chest, no pun intended. I have been in and out of AT or AFL again since December, ( as of Jan 12 I had had 388 episodes). Anyway, I talked to the doc last thursday and we agreed on trying tykosin again even though I had torsades previously. As I told the doc it is a risk I am willing to take if it stops or supresses some of the episodes. As of yet though I have not heard back from his nurse and on a scale of 1-10 I am pretty much feeling like an * in t...

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Toprol increase

Well, I'm trying my hardest to avoid an AV Node ablation.
I'm only 50mg from the maximum dose of Toprol that humans can safely take. I hope my blood pressure is able to maintain. I'm slight built, and my blood pressure is okay at 100/60.
I need all the well wishes in the world.
Please let something go right for a change.

We'll see,
Best to ya'll,
Angelie

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Herbs

Anybody ever have a problem taking beta blockers with herbal supplements? I have some digestive enzymes made by brantleycure.com and i called the pharmacist and they seem to have no problem with it but i still get nervous taking any supplements with meds. So just wondering if any of you have takin herbs and beta blockers together????

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Blood Pressure Tanked

I'll try to make this short but I'm kind of windy! I was struck with the flu Tuesday afternoon and came home from work obviously. Spent 2 days sitting in the bathroom (or real close) until I felt as dehydrated as I've ever felt. I tried to sip liquids but obviously couldn't keep up. Tuesday night, Wed & Thurs I didn't take any meds (I'm on blood pressure, cholestrol & thyroid stuff) because I was sure they wouldn't stay down. By Thursday afternoon I knew I was going to live & was feeling much be...

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Meds update

Well i called the EP doc today and his solution was to up my toprol xl to 200mg a day.

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Meds

I was on toprol xl for about 5 years but about 4 months ago or so it stopped working for me so i was taking atenolol then i had my ablation and i went back to my EP on tuesday for a follow up and he wanted me to stop my atenolol and start taking toprol again. I tried to explain that it stopped working for me and he insisted that it would work since i had the ablation. So my dumb butt listened to him and within a couple of hours my heart was pounding, I had a migrane, dizzy( im very symptamatic)...

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coreg

I took it at all different levels finally they took me off all together because i ended up in the er each time.
Beth

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LUNG CANCER AND TREAQTMEN WITH A PACEMAKER

Hi, I am new to this forum I just wanted to see if anyone could help me out. My mom has a pacemaker and was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her doctors told her they could not treat her with chemo or anything else because of the pacemaker, I was wondering if anyone had any info about this or could point me in the right direction of what I shoud do to get her treated. I am located in new york and am trying to get her into Sloan Kettering in the mean time. If anyone has any advice please let me know...

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Rate Response settings wrong again

A big thanks to all for great communications in the past. Frank, Tracey,Patch and Smitty..... Met with cardio and complained of h/r not exceeding 118(with a heart monitor and a pulse monitor on the treadmill at my club) which was leading to syncope when playing tennis. Upon any exertion the symptoms would start. Doc says rate response will override my "natural pace maker" and they will not compete. The setting for my r/r is 150..........
Being confused, I called Medtronic and spoke wit...

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A Fib

I just realized why I don't have afib.

As a child my mother warned me if told A Fib again she would wash my mouth with soap.

So now we know what is happening with all of you afibers.

frank

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nebivolol

hi is there any one on a beta blocker called nebivolol? since taking this drug (1 yr) my allergies have got much worse, i seem to sensative to quite afew things now and i recently read that if you have allergies nebivolol can make them worse. The gp has suggested that i could go on to propranolol to control my svt and palpitations is anyone on these and have they had any side effects thanks. mandy

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Atenolol

I had my ablation on the 5th and i have been on medication to keep my heartrate down for years. My doctor told me to try and stop taking my medication and i did yesterday but it did not go so well. I got a bad headache and heart felt so forceful and i was really dizzy so by the end of the day i ended up taking it againcuz i just did not feel right.
Has anyone just stopped taking atenolol one day?
If so how did it make you feel?
Im wondering if i should o...

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A Flutter

I had a PM inplanted in August for Vaso Vagal Syncope.
Then in December I fall into AFIB for 16hours.
I converted on Flecainide.

The Doc sends me home taking 50mg twice a day.
After two weeks I started having Palps, frequent Palps!

I go into the Cardio's office today and does EKG which revealed A Flutter. What is that?

He tells me to increase Flecainide to 100mg twice daily.

I asked him where am I headed with this problem and said you'l...

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More on drug side effects

Something to think about when the docs just keep piling on meds. Of course killing the patient does reduce cost, pain, and other symptoms.

"Adverse Drug Effects, side effects and interactions, account for over 200,000 deaths each year in America alone, according to The Alliance for Aging Research's report to Congress in April 2001. These are from legally prescribed pharmaceutical drugs. Of these, 150,000 deaths are deemed to be preventable."

frank

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Drug side effects and interactions

I've been attending the big Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas and ran across an interesting free site that lets you specify the meds you are taking and then give a list of interactions and side effects. They are rated by frequency of occurrence and severity. I talked with one of the sites developers and they seem very competent. Try:

http://www.pharmasurveyor.com/

Keep in mind that the data is the "official" information supplied by the drug companies so there can be other...

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