Originally Posted by willie1234
Yes Bill, I would love to hear your experience weaning atenolol! Thanks!
1) Have been taking atenolol for a decade or more at 50 mg
2) Was overweight 270 @ 5'11" but generally stayed active so I seemed to be able to carry it. the last couple years though it has been getting tougher.
3) finally lost weight about 60 lbs this year down to 210
4) Started checking BP and HR this year alot. Average reading on 1 pill for month of may 121/68 HR 54. Started seeing some very low HR in the 45 range. Doctor said cut back to 1/2 pill which I did for 45 or so days. These are morning readings.
5) Average reading for 45 days 119/65 HR 57. BP seemed to go down HR up slightly. These are morning readings.
6) July 11 doctor said cut back to 1/2 pill which I did July 11. BP 114/69 HR 52. Reading seemed to go down again. Did notice significant spikes in HR immediately upon cutting dose. HR was above 150 for amount 90 minutes during a walk/run 90 minute exercise routine I do. This is much higher than normal. after about 1 week this effect seemed to disappear. The difference between HR readings taken in the morning vs all other times seemed to be increasing. Non morning BP was up slightly.
7) On August 18 doctor said discontinue Atenolol. Have not taken any since last thursday evening. Current morning average 123/73 HR 59. Higher but not a problem. Non morning readings 125/72 HR 76. Heart rate seems to be up significantly in the afternoon. Interesting I quite coffee a decade plus ago as I had heard it was bad for people with High Blood Pressure. I love coffee and decided to add it back to my diet last friday. Have seen Numbers of 165/99 after consuming significant amounts of coffee. Numbers seem to be higher in general after consuming any coffee. Decided last night I need to stay off coffee until this transition period is complete.
8) it is important to note that my diet and exercise level has significantly improved in 2012 so the good results I am seeing may be a combination of many factors.
9) I have not felt many of the side effects referenced by others either while on atenolol or while getting off atenolol. Heart rate does seem to be a little concerning at times but has generally stabilized after about a week or so after each dose reduction. Too early tell at this point for the zero dose. I am expecting some problems over the coming weeks.
10) I think improving diet and level of exercise will help. Last night before I swam Values were 165/99 HR 69 Note I had 40 oz of coffee yesterday as I was testing the impact I thought I saw with coffee over the weekend. Those are the highest BP readings this year. Swam my normal 2500 yards. 1 hr after swimming numbers were back down 119/75 but HR was still at 89. It seems to me that my body is still relearning how to manage the HR.
11) In general HR has remained elevated for a longer period after exercise during this transition period but has HR always dropped overnight back to 55 to 65 range . Afternoon readings seem to be higher the less atenolol that I take but morning readings less so. Once again its like the Governor is gone on the engine during active periods. Maybe this is not all bad. Still monitoring but have no intention of returning to atenolol.