Patient Comments: Atrial Fibrillation - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your atrial fibrillation?

Comment from: Eva, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I take Sotolol, which keeps my heart rate steady. I have not been given Sotolol AF. I don't know if that would be better for me. Sometimes, about every three or four months, I have an attack of fibrillation.

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Comment from: Jean, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I didn't know I had atrial fibrillation until I had a heart scan. My doctor is really good and has me on Coumadin. I take 5 mg on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 7.5 mg the other four days. I've had a procedure called an ablation and a cardio version. The ablation didn't work but so far (two weeks), the cardio version has my heart in normal rhythm. I'm also taking 80 mg of Sotalol and 180 mg of Diltiazem. My doctor sent me to a cardiologist who did the procedures and gave me this medicine. I've also got a thyroid that hasn't worked for years, so I take 175 mcg Levothyroxine for that. I hate these heart medications and just want off of them, but I don't want to have a stroke either.

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Comment from: Koko, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I take 4 mg of Warfarin (coumadin) a day. I also take 300 mg of Diltiazem CD a day for my atrial fibrillation.

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Published: June 19

I have always taken Inderal but when they changed my meds to Tenormin it made me feel horrible and it made my heart beat faster, so they put me back on Inderal, and raised the dose so now I live a normal life I take 40mg 3x a day, but it works.

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Published: May 23

Beta blockers, atenolol (Tenormin) plus solalol (Betapace) worked well, but made me sick as a dog, so now just the atenolol and it works ok, but get too much arthritis complaints. Arthritis seemed to be well controlled when off both of them, but then the atrial fibrillation comes back and my blood pressure goes up, so I go back to atenelol. I have ecstasies on the coronaries as etiology, though vessels are otherwise uninvolved. I am planning to ask my doctor if any other beta-blockers might be tried. The muscle and arthritis complaints are some ways worse than the heart problems.

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Comment from: dnln, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 08

I had open heart surgery last September and was doing great until November when AF started. I had a bad bout when I was out of town that wouldn't go away. I went to the heart hospital and they shocked me out of the AF. The doctor put me on amiodarone. When I got back home my regular doctor took me off Amio and put me on Tikosyn. I did great till May then AF started again and they performed an ablation. So far so good. One day at a time.

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Comment from: u4linda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I have had 3 episodes of AF in 5 months. If I feel an episode coming on, I take a quarter tablet (metoprolol) and sit quietly for half an hour. A doctor in emergency told me to do this. Please check with your doctor first.

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Comment from: Dimrilldell, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I was taking Amiodarone, together with Digoxin and low dose aspirin, for about 3 years to control occasional episodes of atrial fibrillation. The episodes were incapacitating. Amiodarone side effects became so severe that my doctor just now prescribed Veramil ER instead. I am wondering if it will lower my normal blood pressure of 110/60 too much. I need to ask the doctor if I should continue taking digoxin. I am also wondering if Betapace/Sotalol would be more appropriate than Verapamil.

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Comment from: All Heart, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 15

My husband has been diagnosed with AF. He has taken a boat load full of medications. Digoxin, Diltiazem, Coumadin and Micardis 80mg most of which he has been unable to continue for some reason or another. He has been in the hospital 3 times in 2 years because of the AF. His doctors have switched him so often to different medications he just would rather quit taking anything. We are trying to find a new doctor that might help.

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