Can medications slow down my heart rate?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
There are some medications that can slow down a rapid heart rate. With atrial fibrillation, the heart rate is rapid and irregular. Your doctor will use prescription medications to get the heart rate back to a normal range. Some commonly used medications are beta blockers (metoprolol and atenolol), calcium channel blockers (diltiazem and verapamil), and digitalis (digoxin), among other drugs. Your doctor will find the proper medicine for your situation. Once you start a medication to lower your heart rate, let your doctor know if you have side effects that are uncomfortable. Working with the available medications and dosages, your doctor will find the right medication to help you. 

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Heart and Circulatory System

Heart and Circulatory System

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