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Alternatives To Sotalol
Options: Many treatment options are available, including: medications (beta blockers, digoxin, calcium channel blockers, sodium channel blockers), electrical cardioversion, a-v node ablation & pacemaker placement, radio frequency catheter ablation, surgical maze procedure...Also, it's common to be on a blood thinner to reduce the risk of stroke. Your doctor will help decide the best choice for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's chief toxicity: Is neuropathy; it is not myelosuppressive. It suppresses the mitotic spindles made up of fibrillary structural piees siilar tto those that make up axons, nerves. Usually distal numbness and tingling of hands and feet. It is easy to blend with other drugs because its toxicty does not overlap with theirs. The alternative is vinblastine. ...Read more
Any selective beta blocker alternatives to metoprolol xr for diabetic patients? Also on lasix (furosemide) that causes hyperglycemia and ototoxicity? Alternatives to ask cardiologist? Any non-nsaid antiplatelet (non- aspirin 81 mg) for ckd patient?
Discuss with your MD: Metroprololxr is a good beta blocker&is very well tolerated.There are other options but they are all have same action and side effects.Only Carvedilol is different as it is both alpha and beta blockerLasix is well tolerated. Can be ototoxic in high doses and if combined with other ototoxic drugs . Ototoxicity is rare. Aspirin is safe asking as no contraindications . Discuss your concerns with MD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drug choices: Both losartan (l) and valsartan (v) are drug of the angiotensin receptor blocker class. Perhaps you were switched due to your BP was not controlled on the dose of the l you were on. Both have few side effects and reduce BP and proteinuria quite well. L should be given twice a day and v can be given once daily for maximum their maximum effect. Check with your physician for her thoughts. ...Read more
All the same: All drugs in this group called class lll antiarhytmics including amiodarone have potentially serious side effects that can be life threatening. Amiodarone compared to others have in addition side effects that affect the thyroid ,lungs, liver etc. It is best to discuss thoroughly the other drugs (sotalol,Ibutilide,etc) with cardiologist experienced in using these drugs ...Read more
Reason taking?: If you are taking it for blood pressure, there are multiple non-beta blocker options available, including ACE inhibitors, ARBs, calcium channel blockers, thiazide diuretics, etc. If you are taking it to slow a rapid heart rate condition, then non-dihydropididine calcium channel blockers, diltiazem or verapamil, may be options. ...Read more
Not simple: Procainamide is an arrhythmic medication with very specific indications. Other medications in this class are not simple substitutions for each other. This is why cardiologists get paid the big bucks. ...Read more
If propranolol works for my SVT, would Sectral (acebutolol) also be a good choice if doctor wants me to switch to Cardio-Selective?
Yes: Yes, both are beta-blockers and work well for that. ...Read more
Is there safe alternatives to plavix (clopidogrel) and corvedilol. I would prefer going a more healthier and safer way?
YES, however...: Yes, there are many safe alternatives. If the carvediol is for hypertension, exrercise, weight loss, dietary changes and supps like CoQ10 and magnesium Taurate might help, as well as the Zona device (see www.zona.com). Natural blood thinners like curcumin, fish oil and nattokinase may reduce need for Plavix (clopidogrel). But DO NOT stop meds on your own! I strongly advise you consult a holistic/integrative Dr. ...Read more
See answer : 3 blood pressure meds (t, l, c) and an anti-inflammatory NSAID medication (ce) with potential for some adverse interaction(s). 1) t+c: may lower BP or heart rate too much; 2) t + ce: may lower BP or heart rate too much; 3) l + ce: may worsen kidney function. The above potential interactions does not mean that meds are not safe to use together but require close monitoring of bp, hr, and symptoms. ...Read more
To what extent is angioprim to replace lipitor, (atorvastatin) metropolol & ramipril considered safe?
Chelation: Why would you think of replacing evidence based therapy with something with weak supporting evidence at best? ...Read more
Any alternatives to beta blockers to help with palpitations . Can not take beta blockers because of bradycardia.
Calcium channel bloc: Makes sure you are well hydrated....that is #1 cause of palpitations. Further eliminate caffiene containing drinks. Work on your anxiety by trying to actively stay calm, meditate, etc. AFter all those techniques, you could try Calcium channel blockers for palpitations, but they, too cause bradycardia. Norvasc (amlodipine) causes least amount of bradycardia typically... ...Read more