Xanax is a horrible drug to get hookked on. I treat my jug of Valium with kid gloves; it's there when I need it but never for more than a week or two in any quarter. It's too good a drug class to make my enemy! A neighbor was so strung out on Xanax, that I though she was going to kill her family when her doctor said NO MORE...she found 2 new doctors instead!
I agree with Moxie's first post: JUST WEAN OFF THE ATENOLOL. It's YOUR money and YOUR mouth and til they start force-feeding you, or institutionalize you, you don't need a doctor's permission NOT take a drug, only TO take one
Just chop the atenolol in half and see how the 50 mkg. treats you. Take it for a week or two, keeping good records. If your BP stays around 120/180, whack it down to 25 mg.
I feel that three drugs to treat hypertension is AT LEAST one too many. Your doctor has also IGNORED the FDA's STRONG recommendation that doctors STOP pushing the pricey, less effective meds like the amlodipine in Lotrel in favor of the BETTER drugs that cost pennies a day like HCTZ. The fact that you are NOT on any diuretic in that melange of drugs indicates your doctor holds himself ABOVE this recommendation.
Remember: Doctors are not ultimately responsible for our health care...WE ARE!