I am on Atenolol 100 MGS & Lotrel 5/20. I have been on (Toprol, Altace, Verapamil) as well. My B/P is under perfect control. I have averaged 116/66 for months as my previous post states. I'm only 34. At the doc. my B/P will soar to 156/86, but come down to 122/75 30 minutes after the appointment. I have white-coat. The meds. don't help white-coat. For me it is an anxiety issue. If I could find a doc. that specializes in white-coat & anxiety & not in B/P I would be happy. I haven't gotten off of the Atenolol, because I know that I will have to be weaned off of it. I will see my specialist friend in a couple of months or so to get weaned off of it. My 2nd doc said that it has few side-effects, I say B.S. Let her take Atenolol & see how she feels. "It's a good med" my 3rd doc. says. Yeah for who???? People that like side-effects & not working to there full potential. Beta-Blockers are a nasty group of meds. if you want my opinion. They lower your pulse & heart rate & may lower B/P a little, but the side-effects & difference in quality of life makes them a big zero in my book. I would wean myself, but like a fool I will go to a true professional that specializes in white-coat & B/P. For the anxiety part, I guess that I will have to go through trial & error. I did switch from Toprol to Atenolol, because Toprol caused GI problems, I was cold & got chills a few hours after taking the med & just depressed. This doc. said that Atenolol doesn't go through the brain stream, so I will not experience those side-effects. She was right, I experience different ones with Atenolol.
Should you be weaned... IMO, yes. I'm sure that the GP told you about the addictive qualities of Atenolol & that you would need to be weaned off of it when your B/P reached a certain level. If any med. causes more harm than good, then it isn't worth it IMO. I haven't heard many good stories about people taking Atenolol & I'm living proof.
Why are you on B/P meds. like Atenolol in the 1st place? I believe that beta-blockers shouldn't be the 1st choice for docs. to prescribe. What are your readings at the doc. & away from the doc. How many MGS are you taking a day?