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I am on Sotacor 80mg twice a day for over a year. I experience

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I am on Sotacor 80mg twice a day for over a year. I experience tiredness, I can now only play 9 holes of golf instead of 18 previously. I sweat a lot during golf and during a brisk walk. I am concerned with this and wonder if there is an alternative medicine. I also am concerned if there re other side effects such as kidney damage. I was diagnosed with atrial fibrilation and am also on Pradaxa 110mg twice a day.Please comment. Patrick


Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cardiology
Expert:  DrRussMd replied 5 years ago.
Hello from JA
Yes there are other medications.
How long have you been on sotocor?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

1.5 years

Expert:  DrRussMd replied 5 years ago.

There are other beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and amiodarone, for starters.

You should also see if you are a candidate for ablation, which is curative.

Let me know if you have more questions.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Thanks Thomas, I guess all this type of medication has its own side effects.I will continue on sotacor for the present. i will discuss other beta blockers when next I visit my cardiologist. Why ws ablatation not offered to me? My Dr says my heart is healthy, I have no blockages my only issue is my age 77!!. My Dr was mentored by Eric Topol in the Cleveland clinic. Patrick

Expert:  DrRussMd replied 5 years ago.
Ablation specialists are limited and the standard is to start on medicine and see how it goes.

I can not say why it was not discussed with you other than that.

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