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hello everyone ,have been on atenolol for nine years and lisinopril ?spelling) for 4-5 years for H.B.P ,also suffered with severe anxiety the last couple of year (dont take any meds for anxiety ) for two years up until 3 months ago activity in my life was zero as i would not go out over the last three months have became more active in the house and started going out again ,have been doing home bp readings for my doctor for the last 18 months but have recently notice that my pulse was getting low 53-61 then the last two weeks pulse has gotten as low as 48 and my bp low as well ,doctor said to reduce my atenolol by one 50mgs a day (take 100mgs a day) no weaning off just stop ,should i really be doing that after taking it for nine years ,last night i decided to take have for three days then quarter for three days then stop!!
what do you guys think should i do what im going do ? :confused:

thank you ..........sally
Hi Sally,

I too was recently taking Atenolol (50mg), and like you was asked to just abruptly reduce my dose by half without 'weaning off'. The following morning I got this severe chest pain (angina, I think). Anything I have learned about someone coming off beta blockers always strongly advise a tapering off period. I think that's what you want to do anyway.

BTW, congrats on your BP reduction.

As for your heart rate, I was getting 48 bpm also. No wonder I was zonked! My rate is now back up to a respectable 73 bpm.

I recently changed medication, and already I feel more alert and energetic - bar the head cold

Regards,

Marantz.
thank you marantz for your reply ,i really did not fancy stopping atenolol just like that so ill do half tonight and tomorrow then a quarter for three days and hopefully that will do it . ive never felt good taking atenolol and when i think back thats when i started to have real problems with anxiety (due to all the symptoms which i know is atenolol ) anyway thanks and ill let you know how i go .

sally.....
No problem.

As regards anxiety, I am convinced the Atenolol made matters worse. I am a bit anxious by nature, but nowhere as bad as I became on this medication. I am now on Micardis, and I feel somewhat better.

IMHO, Atenolol is unsuitable for treating hypertension.

Keep in touch.

Marantz.
Hi Sally,

When I read your first post my thought was that atenolol was causing the anxiety...but you beat me to it! Anxiety and nervousness are listed as "less serious" side effects. I doubt that anyone experiencing these side effects would consider them "less serious"...but given the severity of depression (listed as "changes in mood" under "serious side effects", I suppose anxiety can be taken lightly, :eek:.

I, too, think it would be wise to taper off of your 50 mg of atenolol. I stopped my low dose cold turkey but believe I experienced rebound hypertension as a result. You might want to check with a pharmacist to see if you are tapering slow enough. Otherwise there are some old posts here with detailed taper info on atenolol.

Marantz and I are not the only ones who think atenolol should not be prescribed for hypertension. Seems some members of the medical community are beginning to see the light.

Bethsheba
hello bethsheba ... Ive starting reducing since last night so ill carry on !!! hoping every thing will be all right ...Ive been telling my doctor for years that i never feel right after taking atenolol but if your upright and walking then your ok as far as doctors are concerned ... i get all sorts of side effects with them the worst for me is the vision problems.... and yes i do get mood changes about an hour or so after taking it ......but its my pulse thats running low just now and the bottom number on bp reading ......doctor thinks its fine but i feel my body cant tolerate the heart going so slow making me feel unwell which starts off my anxiety so im going round in circles .... i do hope that in a week or so ill feel the benefit of this drug being reduce ...thank you for your help .... i look forward to chatting to you again ..take care .

sally......
hi again ,hope you dont mind me asking ......but will i experience high bp readings with reducing the atenolol and how long do you think it takes to settle down for a proper reading ....why do doctors never explain these things .....sorry to be a nuisance but feel my anxiety playing up .

many thanks........sally
Hi again Sally.

Firstly, you are not being a nuisance. Secondly, I identify with your anxiety, so you are not alone there. This forum, and the members here, got me through my shock of having being diagnosed with HBP.

Ask as many questions as you need to. Believe me, I've got plenty of my own.

To answer the question about an increase in BP after weaning of Atenolol. It's my understanding that there can be a temporary elevation in BP. They call it 'rebound hypertension'. Ironically, I recently read that Atenolol actually increases the top number of BP values.

As regards the duration side of things, I'm guessing a couple of weeks, but I don't know for certain. Personally, I can't wait for the Atenolol to leave my own system.

Maybe the guys here can comment further.

Marantz.
Hello everyone!! I've got limited time so wil try to cover what I can for the time being. Sally, Marantz summed up my thoughts about your statement regarding "upright and walking"....I had a horribly long day yesterday and to undwind I read a few posts only to come across your doctor's interpretation of your health...I must have "hooted" for about 15 minutes...thank you for putting some laughter in my life after a very stressful day, :angel:.

I especially appreciate your comment on vision changes...although a few posters have experienced this side effect (FG, if I recall you had some experiences with vision changes, too), it is not brought up very much on the boards. I suspect many people don't realize the medication may be making their vision blurry...I certainly didn't until I had to use glasses that I wore before I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. And as I've said, 4 doctors told me it wasn't the meds...but I'm seeing "vision changes" or "blurry vision" on more drug info as we go along. Interesting, too, that it's a side effect of some of the meds they advertise on TV.

As far as "rebound hypertension" goes, I'm pretty sure that's what I experienced on atenolol when I went cold turkey...2-3 weeks after I disco'd my pressures shot up (systolic was over 160, can't remember what the diastolic was) and that's what made me go into my doctor for the 5 med to try....he didn't say anything about it possibly being rebound, but I doubt that he knows what rebound is...he didn't acknowledge/recognize any of my side effects on meds, afterall. So what I'm saying is that although I believe I've experienced it, I really have nothing to offer except it was 2-3 weeks after I stopped taking it that my numbers shot up there.

As far as "why do these doctors "never explain these things"...here are my best guesses...

1. They are poorly trained in the detection, treatment, and management of hypertension.
2. If they are knowledgeable, they don't want to take the time...the more patients they see, the more lucrative their business (and yes, it is a BUSINESS).
3. At one time in medicine/psychology, there was a belief in the power of suggestion...in other words, if a physician mentioned symptoms, the patient would automatically get the symptoms mentioned. I've got alot to say on this topic, so I had better stop now.

Take care, Sally! And welcome to the boards!!!! I am so very sorry we didn't welcome you properly...but you are very welcome here.

Bethsheba
[QUOTE=flowergirl2day;3488320]
I deeply resent something as serious as a depression being referred to or described as simply mood changes.
flowergirl

Hi FG,

When taking Atenolol, I had very bad what I can only describe as 'waves of depression' I have a history of this condition, but I can tell you I never experienced it on this scale. I also became paranoid and very anxious for no rational reason. I attribute all of it to the beta blocker. What was my (former) doctors response? Go on antidepressants!

Marantz.
[QUOTE=sally47;3488892]... its not so much my bp rising its what new drug they will give me and how im going to react to it ....can you understand that.....

Hi Sally,

Again I can relate. It's true that all drugs have side effects, but some have nastier ones than others. So your fears are justified. When I first started taking Atenolol, I thought a bus hit me!, such was the impact. I'm on day two of a new medication and so far I feel OK. Don't be afraid to try another drug Sally, if it means you'll feel better in your self. I think you don't like the idea of medication messing with your system - a fear I have also.

You mention WCH. Not only did I have it in the doctors surgery, I also had it at home during the two weeks I brought home the doctors BP monitor.

Good luck,

Marantz.
[QUOTE=flowergirl2day;3489201]My doctor too has pills for everything and hands them out freely.


Hi FG,

My doctor 'suggested' on three occasions that I take antidepressants. Each time I said no. I told him I only want to take that medication I have to take and even then preferably on reduced amounts.

As regards the research, I went straight on line after collecting my prescription for Micardis. Some side effects being reported alright, but so far my experience is good.

I went staright of Atenolol and onto Micardis the following day, so I'm weaning of one pill and getting used to another at the same time.

Marantz.

PS, Happy St Patrick's Day :)
[QUOTE=sally47;3489159]hiya marantz ....and i too have the problem at home doing my bp readings....like today because Ive been really anxious this last three days my bp today was 143/70 ..highest 156/73 with my pulse going between 53-61...and that's me keeping myself calmish....because i dont want anti-anxiety meds Ive been using for the last 2-months rescue remedy ....for going out but have been using it for in the house as well .....i will one day have to tell you my story of how Ive got to this state ..oh and before i forget i suffer terrible panic most mornings have done for years ...youll be getting fed up of me soon lol...my constant moaning .

sally.....

Hi Sally,

You know the more I read your posts and the more I think about my short time on Atenolol (since last November), the more I'm convinced that drug is simply making your anxiety ten times worse than what it might normally be. I know your afraid of trying another drug for fear of the side effects, but I really don't think they'll be as bad as what you experiencing right now with Atenolol. Tell your doctor you want to come off beta blockers and want to try something else. This is what I have done. My only regret is not having done it much sooner.

How long are you taking Atenolol?

Marantz. :)
[QUOTE=sally47;3489816]hello marantz .well last night i had palpitations that lasted for about an hour ...(really upsetting ) then this morning had them again when i got up also had terrible anxiety ...both have settled a bit ....phoned doctor about 10 minutes ago explained was told...if they wont settle down go back on full dose and come down in a couple of days ....i was meant to me reducing the dose today to 12% mgs but dont know what to to now .....think ill phone the chemist and ask the pharmacist ....am now scared and not sure what to do ...need to go wee boy going to school...

sally....

Morning Sally and Happy St Patrick's Day.

Here's the thing regarding the palpitations, since switching from Atenolol to Micardis, my heart pounding and anxiety have lessened considerably. Maybe it's all in my mind, but I really do feel more normal. My heart feels 'soft' in my chest. It's a strange, but nice feeling.

My own palpitations (heart racing and pounding), use to stay with me all day. Some nights they kept me awake. And like you, I'd wake up in a panic for no reason. BTW, since going on the new pills, this seems to have lessened too! Can a drug have such an impact in a few days?

Try an suffer on until you see your GP, but I'd seriously consider switching medication, unless something prevents your doctor from doing that.

Marantz. :)
[QUOTE=marantz1935;3489101]... What was my (former) doctors response? Go on antidepressants!...

Well Marantz, you're not alone. How many people on these boards are taking antidepressants, anti anxiety meds, pain killers, acid reflux meds, asthma meds, etc., etc, because doctors refuse to acknowledge or identify the side effects of blood pressure medication? it makes me so very, very angry.

I am glad you are off of the atenolol!

Bethsheba
[QUOTE=marantz1935;3489813]...the more I'm convinced that drug is simply making your anxiety ten times worse than what it might normally be. I know your afraid of trying another drug for fear of the side effects, but I really don't think they'll be as bad as what you experiencing right now with Atenolol. Tell your doctor you want to come off beta blockers and want to try something else. This is what I have done. My only regret is not having done it much sooner....Marantz. :)

Yes, I definitely agree!

Bethsheba
[QUOTE=bethsheba;3489876]

I am glad you are off of the atenolol

Thanks Beth, hope all is well with you.

Ya, feeling better overall. I feel calmer and more settled. Mood is better too. Strikingly, my sleep is better in that I'm not waking up too early or in a panic state. Maybe it's a coincidence. I hope it continues.

I'm presently taking 40 mg of the Micardis daily. As you probably know Beth, Micardis comes with and without a diuretic. I'm on the latter.

Values are good also.

Marantz.
[QUOTE=marantz1935;3489888]...Ya, feeling better overall. I feel calmer and more settled. Mood is better too. Strikingly, my sleep is better in that I'm not waking up too early or in a panic state. Maybe it's a coincidence. I hope it continues....Marantz.

Oh, it's good to hear you are feeling better. I immediately felt better when stopping the atenolol cold turkey but it did take several weeks to get out of my system. I'm not at all surprised that your sleep is better!!! I know I have sleep apnea, but I never had so many sleep problems as when I was on meds...sometimes it was just sleepiness, sometimes fatigue, but often it was waking up the same time every night and not getting back to sleep until am.

But I suspect you will continue to do well...but do rule out the apnea...if you have it cpap treatment could drop your pressures 10 points or more and that's enough to be med free for some people.

Bethsheba
[QUOTE=bethsheba;3489876]Well Marantz, you're not alone. How many people on these boards are taking antidepressants, anti anxiety meds, pain killers, acid reflux meds, asthma meds, etc., etc, because doctors refuse to acknowledge or identify the side effects of blood pressure medication? it makes me so very, very angry.

I am glad you are off of the atenolol!

Bethsheba

Wow, I am on Atenolol and have been diagnosed with all of these! I used to be on 200 Mgs a day, down to 50 Mgs now, things are better than they were, but I believe the medicine nearly killed me. I had to make the correlation myself, my Doctor said, "I thought it may have been the medicine too" If he thought so, why didn't he say something!!
[QUOTE=AtenololUser;3490368]I used to be on 200 Mgs a day........but I believe the medicine nearly killed me.

Hi, I was on a 'mild' dose of 50mg a day, I cannot even imagine what 200mg a day is like :eek:.

Well done on making the connection yourself.

Marantz.
[QUOTE=marantz1935;3490537]Hi, I was on a 'mild' dose of 50mg a day, I cannot even imagine what 200mg a day is like :eek:. Marantz.

I was on an even "milder" dose of 25 mg/day and came within hours of killing myself...not something I like to talk about but it's the truth. It was the out of the blue suicidal tendencies that made me quit atenolol---something told me it was the medication. Atenolol, in my opinion, is a very dangerous drug...they all are, but atenolol in particular.

And atenolol user, just for your info, recommended initial dosage for atenolol is 50mg and if if an optimal effect isn't achieved in 1-2 weeks, dosage can be increased UP TO 100 MG per day. Your doctor had no business increasing your dosage to 200 mg/day!!! It just goes to show how very, very, very important it is for us to read about the drug BEFORE we fill the prescription!!!

And it also goes to show that we can't "trust" our doctors to know what's best...we have to check it out first and constantly question, question, question.

Bethsheba
[QUOTE=bethsheba;3490568]It was the out of the blue suicidal tendencies that made me quit atenolol---something told me it was the medication....... Atenolol, in my opinion, is a very dangerous drug...



I remember Beth, when first taking Atenolol, I used to get what I can only describe as 'waves' of intense depression.First, the feeling of depression would come about suddenly. It would last only a few minutes, which is strange in itself, and would be unbelievably intense. I've never felt anything like it.

I read on-line about a doctor explaining to his patient about the effects of beta blockers on the bodies adrenaline. As you know, it blocks adrenaline, but this blockage in turn, causes depression. Mystery solved I guess.

And yes Beth, I think the limit is 100mg a day of Atenolol. I know I read that somewhere during my research. :)

Marantz.
hello marantz ...according to my gp the maximum dose of atenolol is 100mgs in 24 hours ...you were talking about a wave of depression with the atenolol...i felt my mood change within 1-2 hours of taking it and most mornings when i waken i have a feeling which i can only describe as doom/gloom feeling.....and Ive suffered with gastric reflux for the past 7-8 years and TERRIBLE sinus problems the same time .

bethsheba i looked at the lisinopril ...its writes at the bottom of instructions caution-- doctors may want to check kidney function ..potassium levels at the beginning and during treatment ..40mgs is the maximum dose to be given ..low dose can be given to patients with kidney problems monitoring must take place ..

marantz phoned the doctor and pharmacist both said to stop 50mgs of atenolol and split the other 50mgs into 25mgs twice a day ...so ill give it a go ..both said that they thought my palpitations were caused by my anxiety
so fingers crossed. i see by your post that you seem to be doing well with your switch of tablets ..congrats and may it continue .

sally......
[QUOTE=sally47;3490740]...i felt my mood change within 1-2 hours of taking it and most mornings when i waken i have a feeling which i can only describe as doom/gloom feeling.....and Ive suffered with gastric reflux for the past 7-8 years and TERRIBLE sinus problems the same time....

Yes, it doesn't surprise me that you experienced changes within a couple of hours of taking the med...in addition to the gloom/doom, did you experience an "I don't feel like doing a darn thing" kind of feeling? Do you think the gastric problems and sinus problems are related tot he atenolol? I had horrible respiratory problems with it but I can't remember if there were sinus problems as well.

[QUOTE]...doctors may want to check kidney function ..potassium levels at the beginning and during treatment ..40mgs is the maximum dose to be given ..low dose can be given to patients with kidney problems monitoring must take place Well that's interesting!!

[QUOTE]...both said that they thought my palpitations were caused by my anxiety
so fingers crossed. ....

Sally, I'm not so sure they are correct in saying this...if you experience changes in your chest, you may want to taper slower than they recommend.

Bethsheba
hi bethsheba ...i think it maybe was anxiety ..when it comes to health i do get my self in a state ....and i was diagnosed with health anxiety ..Ive never had any more palpitations since i got up this morning i took 25mgs of atenolol earlier today and ill take the other 25 before i go to bed ...ill do it there way just now but if the palpitations start and i think its not anxiety doctor said go back up to full dose and go in to see her and see what they can do ...i just hate taking pills of any kind bethsheba ....i take reactions to some painkillers and antibiotics ...im also allergic to all penicillin since i was a baby.... thank you so much for your concern and ill let you know how i do .

sally....
[QUOTE=sally47;3490740]

..both said that they thought my palpitations were caused by my anxiety
so fingers crossed.

I agree that your anxiety will cause palpitations, but I'd wager the beta blocker is making it a lot worse. Here's the thing with me: after only four days off Atenolol and on my new medication, my anxiety has lessened considerably. Maybe it my mind that has convinced me of this.

You mentioned a sinus problem. For the last week I have been suffering with what I diagnosed a a sinus cold. It started last Sunday and while the cold part of it is gone, the sinus part remains. Oddly, I never really get colds, much less sinus ones. I wonder can I attribute to our good friend, Atenolol. I've also have an itchy cough for over a month. Kinda makes more sense.

Marantz. :)
[QUOTE=marantz1935;3491684].... For the last week I have been suffering with what I diagnosed a a sinus cold. It started last Sunday and while the cold part of it is gone, the sinus part remains. Oddly, I never really get colds, much less sinus ones. I wonder can I attribute to our good friend, Atenolol. I've also have an itchy cough for over a month. Kinda makes more sense.

Marantz. :)

I experienced what I would call severe respiratory distress several weeks after discontinuing atenolol. I have never experienced distress of this nature before being on the med, nor since that time. I can't help but think that I may have some allergies and that atenolol only magnified my problems.

Bethsheba
hiya ...an update ..had to phone the doctor again been having the most horrendous anxiety attacks more than normal....the doctor i spoke to said i should not have just stopped the atenolol (just like that ) but told her the other doctor said different ...up to now im having panic attacks ..mild palpitations (not a lot)...done my bp readings "normal "my pulse between 61 when im camish 69 with anxiety ...anyway doctor said if anxiety does not settle down in a few days to come in and see one of them ....wait for it........the doctors i spoke to friday and yesterday DID NOT even log in my records that i had stopped atenolol ...hows that for N.H.S ..also atenolol only has a 12 hour life so am taking the other 50mgs as 2x 25mgs a day ...did you guys feel any anxiety while withdrawing from atenolol ?.....maybe its me getting out of control again .....i hope you are all doing well .


sally.......
[QUOTE=sally47;3491871]...did you guys feel any anxiety while withdrawing from atenolol ?

Hi,

I'm on day 4 of withdrawing from Atenol, but the only symptom I feel at the more is I'm a bit down.It might be the sinus cold just making me miserable though.

Marantz.
Sally, I really think those horrendous anxiety attacks may be due to the rapid withdrawal you are experiencing from the med (in other words, I don't think "you" are causing them)...doesn't surprise me about the doctors differing in opinions. I think sometimes, that we patients, are the only ones that can agree and that's because we've taken the meds!!

[QUOTE=sally47;3491871]...the doctors i spoke to friday and yesterday DID NOT even log in my records that i had stopped atenolol ...

That's negligence, would be worthy of a lawsuit.

[QUOTE] ..also atenolol only has a 12 hour life so am taking the other 50mgs as 2x 25mgs a day

Your comment about a 12 hour (half?) life concerns me quite a bit...just because the drug's half life (which is what I assume you meant) is only 12 hours, it doesn't mean it can't stay in your body longer....and even if it doesn't stay in your body longer, side effects can linger for hours, days, months, long after the drug is "gone' and some side effects can be permenant! My doctor never put me on a "time" out between meds...I went from one to the next with no transition period so I don't have answers for you...just warnings....the meds and the side effects linger and when you start a new med it complicates things..

[QUOTE]...did you guys feel any anxiety while withdrawing from atenolol

I don't remember any but that's not to say it wasn't there...I had so many problems just trying to walk without falling, trying to see (I'm legally blind without glasses), and dealing with the depression, I may not have noticed anxiety. But again, Sally, I really, really don't think it is in your head.

Bethsheba
[QUOTE]...did you guys feel any anxiety while withdrawing from atenolol ?.....maybe its me getting out of control again

This does not even begin to describe how I felt while withdrawing from 800mg of Labetalol.
As you might know, beta blockers are used off-label for anxiety. Performers are often prescribed these pills to take as temporary measures to decrease their stage fright. Though they are not FDA approved for treating anxiety specifically, they are often used off-label for this pupose because they have been shown to effectively reduce it. It only makes sense that when withdrawing you should feel OVERLY anxious. I did too. Experiencing the other withdrawal symptoms, such as heart rhythm irregularities, at the same time is certain to increase the anxiety levels even further. :(

flowergirl
hello every one and thank you all for your comments ...i just popped in to say my anxiety seems to have settled down ..it always does a few hours after taking atenolol ....just found out recently that they use atenolol for anxiety attacks ....the anxiety i felt this afternoon ..i have not felt like that for over two years i was really bad with them after my mum and dad died ...i forgot how bad they can get ...i was thinking that maybe the withdrawal wont be really bad cause im still taking 50mgs a day of atenolol ?...

Beth ...i read my post and Ive not explained myself ..the pharmacist said that atenolol has a life of 12 hours and im sure she said lisinopril has a life of 24 hours ...she said to take 25mgs then 25mgs 12 hours later ...but like you i believe it stays in the your system a lot longer than 12 hours ...ill keep you up to date and thank you all again for your replies and support ((big hugs )) to you all . :)

sally......
[QUOTE=sally47;3492303]....i read my post and Ive not explained myself ..the pharmacist said that atenolol has a life of 12 hours and im sure she said lisinopril has a life of 24 hours.....

Sally, you did explain yourself clearly...it may be a difference in countries, :), as we usually refer to "half life's" over here so the pharmacist would tell us a 6 hour half life, :D. Confusing, eh???

But, the fact of the matter is, yes, it can last longer than 12 hours.

Hope you're doing well!!!

Bethsheba
[QUOTE=sally47;3493884]hiya beth...im sure youll agree it does not matter how long they last beth its how they make us feel ......

Oh, yes I do agree, :).

[QUOTE]...just like to say i feel better today seemed to have more energy..dont know why stiill on 50mgs of that stuff.. managed to get the house in order today cleaned the bathroom and i was at the shops three times today record for me...

Sally, it doesn't surprise me in the least. What might surprise you is the fact that I lost 10 pounds the first week after I stopped the atenolol....it was simply because I could MOVE again.

[QUOTE]..but still have this morning anxiety !! I'm afraid I have nothing to offer, there...do hope it gets better, and I suspect it will. Can't help but think the sinus thing is related to the atenolol also, but I don't know....take care, and good luck. It's good to hear you're doing ok!

Bethsheba
hello beth..marantz....just updating you ...im glad to say the palpitations seem to have gone just get the odd here and there like ive done for years ...the anxiety (the mad ..off my head feeling is gone ) just my normal day to day anxiety ..which sometimes stops me doing things but thats fine im used to it now ....my bp settled back to the normal range and pulse is around 59-67 ...i feel better not so tired ...have more colour in my face and a bit more energy ..still feel a bit slow in the mornings ..as i take all my meds at bed time except for 25mgs of atenolol which i take between 2-4 pm ..its the only way i can take them (doctor knows ) i would not be able to function in the day time if i took them mornings...have doctors app tonight have to bring the last few days readings in for her to look at ..i think she"ll be pleased...ill let you know what happens at the docs ...many thanks for your support last week and words of encouragment ..youll never know how much they helped ...(((BIG HUGS ))) to you .

sally...... :D :D
hi Beth and marantz ....just popped into to say that ..im feeling a lot better since halving my dose of atenolol ....my bp settled back to normal better readings and my heart rate stays in the 60s ..im not so tired ..dont feel like sleeping during the day now which is GREAT ....seem to have more life in me ...and anxiety is at a minimum most days ......my only problem these days is the odd ache and pain ..if i sit to long ...and my carpal tunnel which is playing up again more of a nuisance ...and i managed to go out Friday..Saturday ...to the local park with my family as we had a couple of days good weather and i managed to go to church Sunday and was there for nearly 2 hours ..mass and rehearsals for my son .... and Ive not had morning anxiety for nearly a week (maybe menopause ?) ..i still think that atenolol has been the cause of most of my anxiety over the years ...read the advice slip that comes with the meds for atenolol last week one of the side effects (ANXEITY).......

Beth ..marantz i do hope the both of you are doing all right .... :)
sally......
[QUOTE]..i still think that atenolol has been the cause of most of my anxiety over the years

Hi Sally and it's nice to hear from you again.

I am on 20mg of Micardis at the moment and I don't feel any side effects. In contrast to my time on Atenolol, it is the complete opposite. Just goes to show the impact certain medication can have on an individual.

You sound very well Sally and it's really great that you are getting some of your life back. Long may it continue. :)

Marantz.
hello everyone ..... thought i would give a quick update ...it has been well over a month now maybe six weeks since my atenolol was reduced from 100mgs a day to 50mgs a day ...the first two weeks was sheer hell but am happy to say im feeling great ..my b/p sits around 114-123...69-64 with my pulse always in the 60s....twice in that time ive had my pulse drop to around 54 .....also my anxiety stays at a minimum not had morning anxiety for a while now ....i often wonder was my b/p a bit high because of atenolol or because atenolol gave me more anxiety than normal so made my b/p high hard to say .....up to now things look good also had my cholesterol blood results (no action required ) so thats good as b/p and cholesterol go hand in hand with one another .....:D

marantz i hope all is well with you and your meds are still doing their job ...:D

sally.......