change from Metoprolol to Atenolol

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   Posted 4/1/2013 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Got my mother-in-law's cardiologist to work her in today.  She's be BACK in a-fib for more than 2 weeks now (last cardio-version was Feb. 12- after her being in a-fib for almost 6 weeks then- 2 previous c-vs lasted 18 months to 2 years).  Asked about a pacemaker- he said not for her.  Had me stop her metprolol and started her on atenolol. 
Has anyone here delt with atenolol before?  My m-i-l suffers from depression (we also just stopped her celaxa and started zoloft).  I read that atenolol can cause depression (I read this AFTER we saw the dr.  But I had made sure to tell him about the depression med changes).  Should I be worried?  He told me to watch her bp and pulse closely over the next few days.  Anything else I should watch for?   She has had strokes in the past (on warfarin now) and broke her hip just over a year ago. 
My husband has prostate cancer (hence the username) and I'm having to monitor his meds and condition as well as my own asthma and my mom's ear, back and knee problems right now.  I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed.  shocked
Thanks for listening. 
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   Posted 4/3/2013 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to read of your anxiety and stress; sometimes just telling someone about your problems makes them seem more manageable.  I am glad you felt comfortable posting here.
To the best of my knowledge, being a beta blocker, atenolol can indeed cause depression. Any beta blocker has the potential to cause depression because one of
the means in which norepinephrine transmission benefits mood is by
direct stimulation of beta-1 receptors in the frontal cortex. Blocking beta receptors has the potential to cause depression in sceptible individuals.
I would watch for mood changes in your MIL or unusual behavior out of the normal for her and if you notice something do call her Dr.
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