Weaning off Metoprolol

Posted by kenny48 @kenny48, May 11, 2018

Hi,
I've been taking both flecainide and metoprolol now for eight years, as a prophylactic for Afib. I recently moved to North Carolina and have a new Cardiologist. Have had a lot of PVC's this past two months, and had to wear a heart monitor for an entire month. He said that although I had a lot of PVC's I didn't have even one PAC! He also noted that my BPM was low in the low fifties most of the time. He asked why I was taking metropolol. I told him that the only thing my previous doctor had said was " it makes the flecainide, work better". He suggested I stop taking the metoprolol to see how I do without it. Unfortunately I read a lot of information on the internet. I read that it can be very dangerous to stop taking it. I take 25 mg metoprolol succinate, split in half. Once in the morning with my flecainide, and then again in the evening for a second dose. He wants me to take half in the morning and skip the evening dose for two days, then stop entirely. Has anyone else stopped taking this drug in a similar manner? I'm worried that the cut off is too soon.

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@soph

A number of not important flutters can happen and are okay. My experience with afib is that, your pulse will never hold low as 76-80, it will be going up and down, never staying low until you are in Normal Sinus Rhythm. In order to get back to normal rhythm, one possibility is the electric shock, another possibility is having a drip to help it along and simply waiting. Now I don't go to the hospital, and afib leaves in 7-10 hours, same as it did in the hospital (I rest the whole time). I know I am in afib because my pulse is almost impossible to take, it feels like a grand flutter. If I use the home blood pressure device, it reads as a high pulse, perhaps 138-145-175.
Your possible 3 day hospital stay was if you were being started in Sotalol (or Dofetilide.) They both require the hospital stay to see if they give you bad reactions. Mine didn't and I have taken Dofetilide for 4 years. Curious that no one has given you an EKG, regular practice for afib patients, in or out of afib at that time.
One trigger for my afib is more hard work than expected. If you lost so much weight, you must have a lot of ability to work hard, hope you're also giving yourself time to rest. Good luck!

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Thanks much. I read a lot, but putting that info with my feelings of an Afib exacerbation is difficult for me to do, and local support groups seem to be a thing of the past in the age of the internet. Thanks again.

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This IS your support group and you don't even have to leave the house to join! lol

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@afrobin

Hello Healthy Today, Do you take a diuretic? I think you probably do. In this colder season I like homemade soups…and inevitably they are salty. It's hard to make a soup that isn't salty. Since I have high BP, I do take a diuretic and that seems to help.

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No, not a pill diuretic. I eat organic celery before bedtime …that's natures diuretic. Also, you can make soup without salt, there are herbal salt subs online. One produced in Las Vegas is very good.

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