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  • Inderal

    I just started inderal a couple of weeks ago and the side effects are getting me. I can't focus worth a flip. I sat in my three hour math class yesterday trying to comprehend menial stuff. I didn't even make it through both quizs which are supposed to take just a half hour a piece. I could not focus or concentrate. I'm glad I have such an understanding professor because I probably would have been there the rest of the night trying to make heads or tales of what was going on. Finally, she sent me home and said I could do the work then. Then tonight I was in my hummanaties class and was constantly battling falling asleep during the lecture.

    What do I do? It's not even like I'm on a large dose. 10mg three times a day. It helps with my stamina but kills my brain. Which puts a krimp in the learning process. This is so frustrating school is normally easy for me. I've never had to struggle in class and I don't need to start now. Any hints on how to keep myself mentally focused would be awesome.

    Thanks.
    Mary S.

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    gee thanks for the response

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    • #3
      Inderal

      Sorry to hear you are having such a tough time adjusting to the new med. My kids have been on this med since birth. They don't seem to have any of the side effects. Everytime Dr. increases their doses, he always asks if they are sleepier or having memory problems. They never do.

      May it will take a week or two before your body adjusts. Hopefully these side effects will stop. Do you take any other meds? I hate to say it, but everyone reacts differently to meds.
      Michelle - mom to Krista and Tyler both HCM
      Krista surgeries: 3/97 myectomy, 2/99 mitral valve replacement
      Tyler surgery: 1/98 myectomy

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      • #4
        I'm sorry. I guess I missed this post earlier. I don't have any advice. Just hang in there.

        Reenie
        Reenie

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        Husband has HCM.
        3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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        • #5
          Hi Mary

          I'm sorry to hear you are having trouble with the side effects.

          I don't have much luck with Betas myself. They cause depression for me.

          (But then again, I'm not too good with heart meds in general.)

          I did a google search and fatigue and confusion is listed as one of the side effects for Inderal.

          I hope you can get this figured out somehow. I'm sorry I'm not much help at all.

          Hugs,
          Eileen
          49 yrs. old
          Diagnosed at 31.
          Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
          First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
          Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
          Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
          My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
          2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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          • #6
            Inderal can cause depression and fatigue - I am not sure it is the best option for you. Have you asked your doc about corgard? It is old and cheap and it works well in many people.

            Best wishes,
            Lisa
            Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
            YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

            Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
            lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
            Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
            Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
            Currently not obstructed
            Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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            • #7
              Dear Mary,

              I am so sorry. I wrote you a reply and then junked it because I figured, what do I know? I have never been on Inderal. I am going through a period of self-doubt when it comes to HCM, so I figured someone else would reply who had more experience. I am truly sorry. If I had had any idea that you would have to wait to hear from others, I would not have junked mine.

              The tenor of my reply was to address the question of how to stay alert in class. I did not have any trouble staying alert in class as an undergrad, but had a terrible time as a grad student and still cannot seem to stay awake and alert in meetings. I also have trouble staying alert when driving and have rather often fallen asleep at the wheel. After an experience when my daughter was two in which I realized that I had been driving asleep and often off the road, I undertook to find ways to combat this. It has nothing to do with medications because I was not on any at the time. Whether it has anything to do with HCM, who knows? But I have found some tricks that help me. Maybe they will help you, too.

              I find that spicy candy can jerk me awake. So, red hots or mints or something like that is good when I am having this problem. I guess it is the combo of sugar and spice, but it works temporarily at least. Just slip one in your mouth when you feel yourself drifting out and it helps jert you awake, or at least it works this way for me. Another thing I do that is somewhat less recommended is to nurse a Diet Coke. I can start a DC in the morning and still have half of it left at night, but taking a sip when I am having trouble staying awake and alert has a psychological effect, if not a physiological one! This way the actual caffeine effect on your heart is very small, but the result is helpful for me to give me that little boost. Even better for me is if the DC is icy cold. The shock of the cold helps wake me more. I have even been known to stick the can on my eyes to force them awake.

              Let me know if any of these ideas help you! I am concerned for you as I know that trying to go to school in a fog is very difficult.

              Rhoda

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              • #8
                Although this post is old, and youve gotten some good replys, I still would like to say...Ive been on Inderal 160mg for 11 years and have never had any side effects from it at all...so i wouldnt know what to tell you...Im sure by now youve spoken to your doc about it...
                ~Wendy~
                Wife to Robert
                Mom to Sara (almost 16mths)


                Hypotrophic Cardiomyopathy with ICD placement

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                • #9
                  Mary,

                  I too missed your post somehow. I (personally) can not say enough bad things about Inderal. I HATE HATE HATE it. If I had not been prescribed Inderal when I was first diagnosed 20 years ago, I probably would have treated my HCM. I had such a bad experience with it...depression, weight gain, lethargy etc. that I stopped taking it and ignored my HCM until 3 years ago when I became so symptomatic I had to deal with it. Inderal was a very bad choice for me. Turns out Toprol was too. The only one I sort of tolerate now is Atenolol. I guess everyone is different, but I definitely can attest to Inderal was a bad drug for me. Hope this helps even if it is way late from your original post.

                  Doug
                  NEMC's (Boston) First Myectomy 7-22-2003

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                  • #10
                    Hi Mary,
                    I’m really sorry, but this is the first I’ve seen this post. I hope you’re feeling lots better now.

                    Haven’t seen too many posts from you lately – I hope it’s cause your busy and not because you’re feeling crappy. Haven’t seen you IM either. Miss you.
                    Burt

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                    • #11
                      Wow, thanks for all of the replys. The inderal is still having some lingering affects. I'm still having some difficulty in math I've got a "B" right now. I did talk to the cardio about changing it but they are very afraid to especially during school time. Just about every other heart med except the Corgard (have not tried it) has bottomed my blood pressure out. They did say if my symptoms did not improve at the end of the semester we would play some more before I go back to school.One that she mentioned she said I would have to take in the office to make sure my bp didn't drop and the other one was Persantine.

                      And yes Burt I've been busy with five days of work and two days of school. I'm actually working six days this week. I can't tell you how good it feels to work again and get a paycheck.

                      Mary S.

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                      • #12
                        Mary, I hope you get you meds worked out and that it all works well with school. I did not see your first post and I am not very informed on this type of meds.

                        I am happy that the job is going well. I bet the paycheck comes in handy. It is about time that things go your way.
                        Donna B. HCM & ICD. 2 sons with HCM. Brother passed away from HCM at the age of 39. Mother has HCM.

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                        • #13
                          Mary - are you still buring the candle at both ends? I hope you are taking good care of yourself. I reread your posting- - what time are you taking your meds? you maybe able to alter the times a little so that it is not hitting you as hard during class??/ just a thought...

                          Best wishes,
                          Lisa
                          (and a side note - I think your original post got caught in cyberspace as I did not see it when originally posted ???)
                          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                          Currently not obstructed
                          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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                          • #14
                            I take my inderal with my meals. The cardio did say I could cut the midday dose in two for class so I'm a little sharper.

                            Mary S.

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                            • #15
                              I'm sorry to hear that you felt bad. In fact sounds like me and I'm still taking Inderal LA 80mg twice daily. I just read one pill last 24 hours, so I'm confused as to why I take two when I could just take one 160mg dosage. Also, why can't someone just take the lowest dose of the medicine instead or it wouldn't work enough? Though, I see you take 30mg daily total and still those side effects. No wonder I feel so bad too. My blood pressure is really low, I'm tired, and I don't know what's wrong.

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