should i take atenolol with low blood presure

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angel eyes
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   Posted 7/2/2007 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
hi there , i have been having missed beats for a while now , been to see a cardioaligst and he done chest x and ecg and scan of my heart i think its called an echo somthing , all came back normal , also had blood test and am waiting to go for a stress test soon . thing is i suffer with depression and was on propananol 20mg 6 years ago .  i had to stop them when i got pregnant with my son , he has put me on atenolol 25mg , but i am worried becouse i dont like what i have read about it . my heart rate is 66 beats per min , and have low blood presure . should i be taking this med or will it make me worse , i am on prozac 25mg and it worked well with propananol . i dont understand why he didnt put me back on them instead of atenolol. i havnt tried them yet becouse ime frightend incase i have a turn . can anyone give me some addvice becouse i dont no what to do . i dont want to go back to see him in september and havnt takin the meds . he might think i am waisting his time . but he must no what hes doing confused help please xxx

angel eyes
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   Posted 7/2/2007 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
o , by the way what is a stress test , can that come up abnormal if everything else is fine xx

Neurogurl
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   Posted 7/2/2007 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello. I was on atenolol and I usually have low blood pressure. 25mg is a low dose and should not effect your blood pressure. That drug is used in higher doses when aimed to lower blood pressure. At your dose (25mg) which is what I was on, is to usually help with palpitations and/or anxiety. This is a low dose. If anything, periodically check your blood pressure and if you see it getting low call the doctor and he will probably have you cut the dose in half. Also, if you begin feeling lightheaded or dizzy then you know that your blood pressure is dropping. However I highly doubt this will happen unless you are super sensitive to medication. As I said, when atenolol is used to lower blood pressure its recommended dose is a lot higher than 25mg. Also, atenolol is a very safe drug. Its one of the oldest drugs on the market and the most understood. You should feel very safe when taking atenolol. Its a lot different than drugs like antidepressants which haven't been around as long and the long term effects are unknown. I would be more scared to take those then a beta blocker.
A stress test is a test to check how your heart functions under stress. The doctor will make you get on a treadmill to increase your heartrate. If its abnormal then they will order further testing.
HOpe this helps!

angel eyes
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   Posted 7/2/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks , they are worse arond my periods . doc said to take them around that time to see if they help. i thought i was out of the woods becouse my scan came back normal and xray , and ecg reasults. should i be worried if i get them when having the stress test . sometimes if i think about them they happen . while on propananol never had any . does the atenolol work the same way , i did get cold hands and feet on them propananol . just get nervous taking new meds , thanks for your addvice xxx

Sarita
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   Posted 7/2/2007 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I took atenolol for a long time to get my hyperthyroid symptoms under control.  Eventually, my heart rate was at 40 bpm so my doc told me to discontinue it, but now I'll take it occasionally as needed for palpitations.  It is very safe.  It has a very similar mechanism to propanolol.
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