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Old 07-23-2012, 11:43 PM
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How often can you take a beta blocker as needed?

I am new here and let me tell you I already LOVE this site. I literally woke my boyfriend up to tell him about this site that someone apparently made just for me LOL.

Anyway....I have had skips on and off for as long as I can remember. I've had 3 Nuclear Stress tests, 4 Echos, 2 Holters, and way too many EKGs to count. Nothing has ever came back abnormal except a slightly enlarged heart that my cardiologist thinks was related to HBP. NORMAL NORMAL NORMAL Sometimes I have even secretly wished that they would find something wrong....bc at least if it was wrong they might be able to FIX it. Anyone else feel that way?

The last 6 months I have felt maybe 10 PVC's total. Then the last week I have started having them 4-5 times per minute....So here I am panicking and being scared and not leaving the house and omg just not living at all.

I will be upfront and honest and tell you that I have health anxiety OCD the PVC's are exactly what I don't need. PVC=check pulse=assess breathing=check BP=another PVC=take an aspirin just in case=another PVC=check pulse=take temperature=another PVC=ETC ETC ETC I am tired to say the least.

My cardiologist gave me Atenolol and told me I could take 1/2 pill as needed. Lately I've felt like I needed it. But I've read that you can't just stop a beta I am scared to take it too much in case my heart gets dependent on it. I asked him about it and he kind of gave me a vague answer like "it's not like you're going to take it for months and months..... just as needed."

So anyway--does anybody here take meds as needed when you get a lot of PVCs and just want them to stop? Is it ok to take it once or twice a day for a week? Or is that too long? Anyone have any first hand experience with this?

Sorry if this post is all over the place. I'm glad this website is here. I don't feel so alone anymore.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:59 PM
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I took Atenolo for years for BP but it was once a day. now I am on Sotalol twice a day for PVC's and it does not have to bad of side effects at 80mg twice a day.
I think it is a beta blocker as well but cosidered an arrithmia drug.
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:17 AM
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Atenolol can be taken as needed. It is given to people who have panic attacks. My friend takes 1 to 2 a day as needed for panic attacks. I take 1/2 in am and 1/2 in pm of a 25mg. I cut back when my PVCs ease up to 1/2 in the pm only. 1/2 of a 25mg is not much. My doctor told me it was safe to take it for weeks and then just wean off by taking it every other day for a few days, then every two days and so forth. Just keep an eye on your blood pressure although 1/2 should not affect it. Good luck. It does help me.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:50 PM
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My cardio doc told me I could take Propranolol as needed awhile back. Now he ordered one a day or every 8 hours. I still cut them in quarters. I hate taking meds and don't want to over medicate. The Propranolol makes me dizzy/sleepy for awhile.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:29 PM
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They gave me propranolol as needed for PVCs but I rarely take it. I do take .50 klonopin everyday for the anxiety/ panic disorder. I also am diagnosed OCD, because of checking. Checking my BP and pulse upwards of 50 times a day. You aren't alone!
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:39 PM
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Checking your BP that many times a day is wayyyy too much... You need to give your artery time to relax or else you're gonna get a bit of false readings.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:38 PM
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I gotta take my Toprol XL every day without fail. If I miss a dose my heart rate skyrockets.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:58 PM
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It takes a few days to work and to wear off…I guess depending on the type. And I think you shouldn’t stop abruptly or take a higher doze than prescribed.

Normally they are taking regularly unless you Doctor tells you to stop.

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i took propranolol on and off like i would pain killers than when they were really bad i stayed on em for a month then stopped never had a problem. untill they just stopped working for me.
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