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What causes low blood pressure level after taking Propafenone?

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Posted on Thu, 6 Nov 2014
Question: My Mother is taking propafenone 150mg every 8 hours and metropol 12.5mg every 12 hours. In the morning she wakes and takes the propafenone + 81mg baby Aspirin + Caltrate 600mg. Therapist comes by and blood pressure drops low 89/68 after taking med's. Before it maybe around 115/72. Why does this happen? Diagnosed with AFIB
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Answered by Dr. Tushar Kanti Biswas (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Blood pressure drop is drug-induced.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query. I can understand your concerns.
Propafenone is used for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation/flutter (PAF).Metoprolol is used for rate-limiting in AFIB. Both Propafenone & Metoprolol can cause hypotension as side-effect. She needs dose adjustment to maintain an optimum blood pressure and at the same time control of AFIB.







Regards

Dr. T.K. Biswas M.D. XXXXXXX

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Follow up: Dr. Tushar Kanti Biswas (3 hours later)
Okay Doctor. I forgot to mention that she has a Pace Maker Mediatronics implant also. I am sorry for neglecting that information.
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Answered by Dr. Tushar Kanti Biswas (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Anti-arrhythmic drugs in a patient with AF & PPI.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,




The optimum systolic blood pressure is 100-90 mm hg. Permanent Pace Maker implant (PPI) is a safeguard against tachy-brady arrythmia (SA node dysfunction).
Measure blood pressure(BP) on lying and sitting/standing position (after a gap of 02 minutes). There should not be any postural drop by more than 10 mm hg in systolic BP.
Inform your finding to your doctor.





Regards

Dr. T.K. Biswas M.D. XXXXXXX

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Bhagyalaxmi Nalaparaju
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What causes low blood pressure level after taking Propafenone?

Brief Answer: Blood pressure drop is drug-induced. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query. I can understand your concerns. Propafenone is used for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation/flutter (PAF).Metoprolol is used for rate-limiting in AFIB. Both Propafenone & Metoprolol can cause hypotension as side-effect. She needs dose adjustment to maintain an optimum blood pressure and at the same time control of AFIB. Regards Dr. T.K. Biswas M.D. XXXXXXX