went in today to get cardio verted but of course i didn't go in to Afib so it wasnt done ( 10 mins after leaving hospital went into Afib--typical :) now the doc has prescribed propaferone to control Afib ---- i haven't heard good things about this drug----any thoughts out there!. I was also told this drug can chemically convert you and may not be a permanent thing. I'm also on a beta blocker and warfarin and was on verapamil but that was removed in favour of this new one. thanks for any thoughts on this


should be propafenone sorry

by karma - 2008-07-25 04:07:41

should be propafenone sorry


by chiliman - 2008-07-25 04:07:43

I've been taking Propafenone, the generic name for "Rythmol," for several years to help control my afib.

Simple truth is that none of the anti-arrithmatics are great drugs, but I experience no adverse side effects from Rythmol except a little tiredness sometimes.

My new biventricular pacemaker implanted 2 months ago has turned out to be the best thing in keeping my afib under control while taking Rythmol. These new pm's have a more sophisticated anti-afib algorhythm then simple pm's and the difference in continued, uninterrupted sinus rhythm for me has been incredible.

Make sure that if you continue taking Rythmol, that your doctor orders a blood test to check the propafenone level as the tricky part is finding the correct dose for each individual.

Of the anti-afib drugs on the market, none are great, but some are much dicier and more dangerous than propafenone.

I wish you well.

another addition

by karma - 2008-07-25 04:07:59

i also have a pacemaker 3rd degree heart block sorry about that


by Stacey28 - 2008-07-25 10:07:25

I am on the Rythmol SR and I have never had any problems with it. I used the Rythmol SR to control my Afib and I also have a pacemaker to control the heart rate to keep it from getting too low.


by SMITTY - 2008-07-26 12:07:53

Hi Karma,

I had an experience slightly similar to yours in one respect. But first the Propafenone can be a bad actor so I hope you have read all the info that came with your prescription. Especially the "side effects."

As you probably know Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker. I had a calcium channel blocker (diltiazem) prescribed for me in 1985, which was 15 years before I would get a pacemaker. At time it was to stop angina and lower blood pressure. Did both and I continued to take it until earlier this year. I was having rather severe problems with arrhythmia and my good doctor stopped my diltiazem and put me on a beta blocker. The idea was to force a lower heart rate and let my pacemaker take over. Didn't work, in fact I could have been taking aspirin and done as well with the arrhythmia. A few months go by and a few visits with this doctor and I asked to restart my diltiazem. Man he got downright hostile and told me that he could refer me to another doctor but he was not going to prescribe a calcium channel blocker because they could cause an arrhythmia. Of course I didn't believe him but on doing a little research I found an article where that has been reported as a problem for some people taking calcium channel blockers.

To make a long story a little shorter, when I got home I dropped the beta blocker and went back to my diltiazem. Believe it or not my problem with arrhythmia has been reduced by at least 90%. Now I'm not going to say my ignoring the doctors orders and taking a medicine he is very much against my taking resulted in my improvement. Actually, I think Mother Nature decided I had been a good boy and she took pity on me again.

Since all that happened I have had a new EP to come into the picture and he thinks I am still taking the beta blocker as my medical records show. I saw him last week and so help me he prescribed diltiazem and wanted me to stop the beta blocker. He said the CCB should help the type arrhythmia I have. Something about the location of the start of my irregular heart beat. I didn’t understand what he was talkign aobut and didn’t ask any question. But, I haven't told him I had already made the change.

I guess the moral of this story is never try to figure out what a doctor may, or may not, know about our needs when it comes to medicine. If you are taking one or more medicines and doing well on them, just be thankful.


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