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PeonyGurl posted:
Does anyone have a solution. Since a shoveling incident in February I was diagnosed with Atrial Tacchycardia. So now, no regular coffee and huge cut back on chocolate and caffeine in general. I'm trying to lose weight but I am not 'going'. I am drinking prune juice!
Only think that works is senna tea, but that has warnings not to over use.
Is anyone suffering from this too? Any miracle drink or fruit, veggie I haven't tried. FYI: I drink 64-90 fl oz of water; I eat oatmeal, almond butter, raisins, bananas, cantaloupe, fresh pineapple, red grapes, almonds, spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes daily.
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
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As reported in universal prescription drug information for patients, constipation due to verapamil appears to be related to a delay of colonic transit and not to an effect on upper gastrointestinal transit.

If constipation is confirmed as being caused by this particular class of cardiovascular drug, perhaps discuss with your doctor(s) about taking a different drug or using relatively safe over-the-counter original prescription strength products such as MiraLAX (powder you mix with water as per instructions) or other.

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An_228898 responded:
I have used verapamil successfully for blood pressure control for about a dozen years, but off and on had the problem you described. What seems to have solved the problem is potassium supplements. My potassium was slightly low or at the low end of "normal" on a couple of routine checks, so the doc prescribed supplements. That had made all the difference. So you might want to get your doc to check your potassium levels. Don't go freelancing with potassium, though, because excess potassium can cause its own problems.
 
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CareersJunkie responded:
Hi PeonyGurl, I've just come on here tonight searching for a cure for the same problem! So frustrating, I'm eating prunes, all bran, prune juice, good intake of fruit and veg, pulses, hot chilli dishes - all starting to become less effective. I've not tried Senna products since the law of 'diminishing returns' happened to me. (Taking larger and larger amounts to have the same effect). The GP prescribed powders for an oral solution, but that can cause bloating and swollen feet (it has). Does anyone have a magic bullet, without more drugs! Are there alternatives to verapamil?
 
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cardiostarusa1 replied to CareersJunkie's response:
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"Are there alternatives to verapamil?"

You should consult with your doctor(s) for some possible alternatives to verapamil (a calcium channel blocker, used to treat hypertension, angina pectoris and some arrhythmia).

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James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
If it's the verapamil that is leading to the constipation, there are several alternatives that you could discuss with your doctor. No miracle drinks, fruits, or veggies! But it sounds like you are on a great track with your new diet plan.


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