Atenolol hasnt been withdrawn for use as an antihypertensive, however, I will say that for years now, evidence has shown that beta blockers are not great drugs for hypertension because they are less effective than the other drugs at reducing long-term effects of high blood pressure on ones health. Beta blockers lower HDL, raise glucose, impair exercise endurance, and cause fatigue in many users which may partially offset their benefit of lowering blood pressure. Beta blockers also do not reduce central aortic pressure as much as the other drugs (this is not measured with an arm cuff).
If you want to read more about beta blockers, search "beta blockers for uncomplicated hypertension" on the internet.
Last edited by atengnr; 08-04-2012 at 06:40 AM.