You make some good points Palamedes. Why is Atenolol prescribed so frequently? I have no idea. If someone has a perfect EKG, why are beta-blockers the 1st choice when it seems that everyone that is taking ARB's have much less side-effects. Atenolol is terrible, as was Toprol for me at 100 MGS. My specialist friend said to wean back to 50 & when I see him, we'll wean some more until I can get off of this miserable drug. I have never seen anyone say anything positive about Atenolol, but have seen tons of positive feedback about the lack of side-effects from Diovan. If I had to be on one med., I would like to try Diovan.
I don't want to have increased glucose levels, because of a B/P med. I am convinced that being on Lotrel & Atenolol has played an effect on my glucose. I had a reading of 103. Not close to diabetes, but at 5' 11" 150 & I don't eat any sweets, it's kind of odd.