Cardiovascular disease

Atrial fibrillation

(AFib)

  • Also known as
  • A fib
  • AF

About Atrial fibrillation

An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of arrhythmia. The cause is a disorder in the heart's electrical system.

Often, people who have AF may not even feel symptoms. But you may feel

  • Palpitations -- an abnormal rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness or difficulty exercising
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion

AF can lead to an increased risk of stroke. In many patients, it can also cause chest pain, heart attack, or heart failure.

Doctors diagnose AF using family and medical history, a physical exam, and a test called an electrocardiogram (EKG), which looks at the electrical waves your heart makes. Treatments include medicines and procedures to restore normal rhythm.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Top Medications for Atrial fibrillation according to our users

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All Medications for Atrial fibrillation

  • Antihypertensive > Calcium channel blocker

    • Calan
      (Verapamil)
      Prescription only

      Verapamil works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding alcohol. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Delayed release capsule
  • Antihypertensive > Angiotensin receptor blocker

    • Micardis
      (Telmisartan)
      Prescription only

      Micardis (Telmisartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function just like ACE inhibitors, but has fewer side effects.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Losartan
      Prescription only

      Cozaar (Losartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Antihypertensive > Beta blocker

    • Bisoprolol
      Prescription only

      Zebeta (Bisoprolol) is usually given to people who have taken other blood pressure meds unsuccessfully or have recently had significant heart problems.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Anti-arrhythmic > Inotrope

  • Anti-arrhythmic > Class III

    • Amiodarone
      Prescription only

      Cordarone (Amiodarone) is an option to treat heart rate problems when other medicines don't work, but it can take a few weeks to work and there's a lot of serious side effects.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Anticoagulant > Factor Xa inhibitor

    • Eliquis
      (Apixaban)
      Prescription only

      Eliquis (Apixaban) is an easy to use and effective way to prevent blood clots from forming in your veins.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Xarelto
      (Rivaroxaban)
      Prescription only

      Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) is a good medication for preventing blood clots. It doesn't require regular blood tests or changing doses often. It can be expensive and there's no way to reverse the medication's effects.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Anticoagulant > Thrombin inhibitor

    • Pradaxa
      (Dabigatran)
      Prescription only

      Pradaxa (Dabigatran) is a good medication for preventing blood clots. It doesn't require regular blood tests or changing doses often. It can be expensive and there's no way to reverse the medication's effects.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Anticoagulant > Vitamin K antagonist

  • Cholesterol-lowering > Statin

    • Lovastatin
      Prescription only

      Mevacor (Lovastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release

Medication side effects for Atrial fibrillation

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for dizziness.

  • Calan: 4%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have dizziness

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have dizziness

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  • Betapace (Sotalol)
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