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Old 02-07-2005, 09:14 AM   #1
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Dizzy on Atenolol

Anyone ever get dizzy on atenolol? I have been on for almost 5 weeks now and the last couple of weeks been getting really dizzy and sometimes a little short of breath.
Told my Doc and she did an orthostatic blood pressure test, but it was fine. Also on 5/20 Lotrel. Doc says to wait couple weeks to see if it goes away. This is horrible, having touble living life. I'm a little scared because I know I have to have something for tachycardia. Had to get off Toprol because it made me so depressed...Thanks in advance

 
Old 02-07-2005, 10:03 AM   #2
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Re: Dizzy on Atenolol

I am on the same 2 meds. They are terrible. Do not drink a lot of alcohol (even 4 drinks on these meds). They kill my stomach in the mornings. I have occasional dizziness, lethargy, depression, flushing, low pulse, stomach problems+ on these 2 meds. They are the worst. I am going to a specialist on 2/16 to try to get off of both of these meds. Have been on Lotrel for almost 2 years & Atenolol for almost 1 year. They are the worst! Yes, I do get dizzy on Atenolol occasionally. I give both of these meds. a 1 out of 5.

My B/P has averaged around 116/66 for the last 5-6 months. Drank a 6 pack of beer yesterday & Saturday & my b/p was 130/77 today. It's crazy what alcohol can do. My pulse is also about 14 points higher than it normally is on the meds. You have to drink in extreme moderation & live a lousy lifestyle on these meds. from my experience. I want to be off of b/p meds. entirely. These 2 drugs combined also gave me terrible stomach cramps & everything went right through me today. It could have been the alcohol made it worse, but I want off of these 2 meds. IMO, they both should be taken off of the market.

 
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:25 AM   #3
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Re: Dizzy on Atenolol

Oh yeah,

Dizziness and beta-blockers very often go hand in hand.

 
Old 02-08-2005, 05:20 PM   #4
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Re: Dizzy on Atenolol

I have been on Atenolol for 2 months now and have noticed the same things. My doc said they would go away but haven't. I hate this I am only on 25 mg of Atenolol so I should count myself lucky I guess. My dizziness seems to be in the PM more. I want on another drug. I hate feeling winded too. I never was before.

 
Old 02-08-2005, 05:36 PM   #5
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Re: Dizzy on Atenolol

Atenolol was ok for me for a couple months, then I started having dizzy spells - i was on a construction site & almost fell off a scaffold, had to be helped down (that was embarrasing) - that was the end of that

 
Old 02-09-2005, 08:11 AM   #6
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Re: Dizzy on Atenolol

If you get so dizzy as to possibly affect your ability to drive or even walk, you need to stress to your doctor this is unacceptable, and you can't afford to wait to see if it passes, lest you have a car wreck or fall and seriously injure yourself in the mean time.

There are other drugs for tachycardia, such as digitalis, calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers and other drugs that slow the heartbeat, as well as blood thinners. There are a whole slew of drugs, some dependent on the type of tachycardia. You can look them up on the web.

So the point is, you don't have to take a beta blocker, if they give you unacceptable side effects.

 
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Re: Dizzy on Atenolol

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If you get so dizzy as to possibly affect your ability to drive or even walk, you need to stress to your doctor this is unacceptable, and you can't afford to wait to see if it passes, lest you have a car wreck or fall and seriously injure yourself in the mean time.
You know this is something I've always wondered. Has anyone ever done a drug trial that includes the other innocent folks who may have been killed because someone on a beta-blocker fell asleep at the wheel? I sometimes wonder if these drugs are really beneficial to society as a whole. The "Total Mortality" statistic would only include the one person - not the bus full of kids just killed from an accident.

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Old 02-10-2005, 06:21 AM   #8
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Re: Dizzy on Atenolol

I really think that Atenolol should go through extensive clinical trials. It causes way too many side-effects.

 
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