hard beats and light-headedness

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if any can relate to this experience, or maybe give an explanation as to what they think might have happened...
So, as my other posts indicate, I have been experiencing A-fib as of late and am currently on Bystolic, very low 2.5mg dose. I've been on this med for almost two weeks, and have had a much better experience with it than I did on metoprolol. So far, I don't think I've felt any fibbing at all.
Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I started to feel flush/hot in the face. I took my bp and pulse rate, but all was normal (117/79, 71). Then I started to feel "swimmy" in the head, not really dizzy, but very odd. So I layed down and the feelings in my head persisted, and I started to feel even more jumbled. I took bp and pulse rate again, and all was still normal. I was laying on my back then, and felt two VERY strong heart beats in a row, then got light-headed. My breathing felt a little short but not seriously affected. I kept trying to lay down and sleep for a while, but couldn't shake the murky/swimmy feeling in my head. I eventually dozed off, and woke this morning feeling alright.
Anyone have any idea what this could be? Nerves, fibs, etc?

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   Posted 5/18/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey tc, I dont take a beta blocker as yet - but my thought reading your post was that it could be your beta blocker...even though it is at a low dosage.  There are many people who have reported similar side effects as you described here.  And even still many more people who just cant tolerate them at all.  I have found a few links on this medication where you can read up on it and see what you think.

Let us know how your doing.  http://www.bystolic.com/


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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/18/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you! this is extremely helpful, and does explain a lot!
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