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Is risperidone harmful for someone who has afib and is over 80?

Is risperidone harmful for someone who has afib and is over 80?

Risk vs benefits: No antipsychotic is fda approved for treatment in elderly. You have to weight your risk and benefits to see if taking the medication will be more beneficial. All antipsychotics have the potential to increase your qt interval which could cause the afib to get worse. I encourage you to talk to the prescriber about this. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Risperidone (Definition)

Risperidone is a second generation antipsychotic that is fda approved for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and behavioral issues with autism. It is generally effective and used commonly. Side effects include sedation, weight gain, increase in lipids and blood sugar, hunger, severe muscle reactions such as dystonia, tremors, among others. It also comes in a ...Read more


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My doctor & his nurse say my newly diagnosed afib is not harmful. They said i could take metoprolol or not. No blood thinners prescribed. I'm confused?

My doctor & his nurse say my newly diagnosed afib is not harmful. They said i could take metoprolol or not. No blood thinners prescribed. I'm confused?

If no risk for clots: The relative risk for throwing clots (thromboembolism) needs to be considered in all patients with afib. Your relative youth makes clotting less a concern probably making them give you just a rate control med like metoprolol. Should look at the chadsvasc scoring system and make sure no other risks. This included ade, diabeteses, hypertension, prior stroke, female sex, heart failure, as importan. ...Read more

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I have just been prescribed topimax to combat the significant weight gain from taking risperidone and Geodone. Any harmful side effects?

I have just been prescribed topimax to combat the significant weight gain from taking risperidone and Geodone. Any harmful side effects?

Word recall: Some people may notice problems with word recall and "cloudiness" when starting topimax. This usually occurs at the beginning, if the starting dose is too high. ...Read more

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How can someone stop atrial fibrillation?

How can someone stop atrial fibrillation?

Depends: New onset atrial fibrillation is often self limited, going away by itself. But the cause dictates the subsequent course. Thus treating things like high blood pressure, heart valve disease, heart failure, over active thyroid hormones, coronary disease, and avoiding alcohol may be important. Some drugs are useful to maintain rate and rhythm. If needed, electric shock (cardioversion) is effective. ...Read more

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Can someone work with atrial fibrillation?

Yes: As long as the heart rate is not to fast and the risk of strike is appropriately dealt with, people work with af. Some people might feel better if they are in normal rhythm. Specific questions regarding rhythm vs. Rate control should be directed to your doctor. ...Read more

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How does someone prevent atrial fibrillation?

How does someone prevent atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fib: May not be able to prevent this arrhythmia. But some people can get episodes after drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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Is afib the same as a pac?

Is afib the same as a pac?

No: Atrial fib is a persistant rapid beats in the atria. Atrial beat is about 300 beats per min. Pac is a single isolated beat that originates in the atrium. ...Read more

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How do you treat cabal afib?

Medications and such: It depends on if it is chronic or just intermittent. If it is rare, they may just watch it. If it is fast or long lasting, then there are medications that help regulate the heart. It is also good to avoid tobacco, caffeine, and stimulants. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to cure afib?

It depends: With the evidence we have currently, catheter ablation is probably the most effective cure for atrial fibrillation (afib). However, that doesn't mean it's appropriate for everyone. Discuss with you electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Risperidal (Definition)

Risperidal is a serotonin-dopamine receptor blocker which is a kind of atypical anti-psychotic drug (drug ...Read more