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    I might have asked this question before. When you are started on an anti-arrythmic, a hospital stay is usually done to monitor how you react to it??
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Cynthia, Some meds that control arrythmias have the potential to change conduction times through the heart muscle and cause a problem in some people. It's a very individual thing for each person. Because it's not known how each person will react, certain meds are more safely started while being continuously monitored to measure conduction times through the different areas of the heart. They don't expect a problem with that med or they wouldn't give it to that person, but it's much better to be cautious with those meds. Then there are times when it may be a newly recognized problem and it is necessary to be hospitalized for administration of a shorter acting IV med or emergency use meds until the med you will be taking reaches it's proper or "theraupeutic" level at which time it then kicks in. Hope this helps, Linda

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      thanks, Linda...that helps!
      \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

      Ralph Waldo Emerson

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        dear cyn

        medications that they do this for include (but are not limited to) sotalol, disopyramide, and amiodarone.

        i've been hospitalized for the first two and also for quinidine start-up (a looonng time ago). i was also started on disopyramide before they started putting you in the hospital for it.

        i never had a bad reaction to any of them. i mostly sat around in my pjs and read or watched oprah!

        take care,

        S

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          Sarah, That's what they were hoping you'd do . Bless you for not causing them unnecessary stress. No one wants to see the problems happen, but better to see them coming and correct the situation before it gets out of hand. Linda

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