Antidepressants and QT prolongation
Still a newbie. Got my PM on July 18 of this year.
Went for a check up yesterday and my cardiologist said that my pacemaker is pacing way more than he expected. I'm supposed to be at less than 10%. I have tachy brady syndrome. And he's very concerned because my QT prolongation is worse.
Taking any prescription meds is a huge deal to me. But earlier this year I realized that I was becoming quite depressed. And having trouble sleeping. I started on doxepin 25 mg and then 50 mg. I was doing well. I was sleeping better and feeling more energetic.
Then the unexpected need for a pacemaker. And the sudden cessation of doxepin because of QT prolongation. But wtihout doxepin--my QT is getting worse.
I am seeing a therapist and would like to find an antidepressant to take that would be as effective as doxepin with few side effects. My primary care physician doesn't know what to prescribe because of my PM. My cardiologist won't recommend an anti-depressant because it's not his area of expertise. So--here I am reaching out to the members of this club for your collective experience. I realize everyone is different. And most meds have the opposite intended affect on me.
But I am wondering how many people with pacemakers and QT prolongation take Paxil? From the research I've done--this med seems to have the lowest impact on QT. And it helps with both depression and anxiety.
Any comments and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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It is just over 10 years since a dual lead device was implanted for complete heart block. It has worked perfectly and I have traveled well near two million miles internationally since then.