Re: Atenolol use and HBP
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mike_f_m:
Thanks for the reply. I have seen my doctor again. I was given a further supply of Atenolol to continue with its use as it would "kick in" eventually. I was also given some Coversyl to go with it. It has now been four weeks since I started with Atenolol,but without any improvement.
Atenolol is a betablocker. It works by slowing the heartrate down to a pulse of about 60 per minute. The normal is around 75 per minute. Though I have been on Atenolol for four weeks my pulse remains at around 75.
It does not yet seem to have affected my heartrate, however I am going to keep trying with it for the time being in the understanding that the doctor has seen hundreds of people with HBP and has probalbly see this before. At least I hope she has!!!
Coversyl is perindopril, a good ACE-I drug. It is a good blood pressure drug amoung other things. The atenolol dose may not be high enough for you if your pulse still runs at about 75. Most people require 50mg, but occasionally 75mg or 100mg is needed. If you blood pressure remains a problem even after these medications - it is important your doctor look for reversible causes of high blood pressure - such as endocrinological disorders, renal artery stenosis (which would be bad if you have been started on an ACE-I), polycystic kidney disease, coarctation of aorta, scleroderma and a handfull of other rare things often not looked for.