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is atenolol a good drug?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Absolutely : If used for htn, angina, or cardiovascular event prevention after a heart attack.

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A 54-year-old female asked:

How does a person 'taper' off atenolol?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Slowly: Generally recommended to taper betablockers. Atenolol 50 mg to 25 mg for a few days, then discontinue. If you are going to take another betablocker, you do not have to taper.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
depends on how long you have been on it but DO NOT take it every other day. Either you decrease it down to 12.5 and stop or just stop.
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A 29-year-old member asked:

Any side effects from suddenly stopping atenolol?

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Dr. Jason Beasley
Family Medicine 20 years experience
YES: Suddenly stopping atenolol--a beta blocker--can cause a rebound tachycardia which is a sudden increase in your heart rate. Suddenly stopping this medication could lead to elevation of blood pressure.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Atenolol side effects?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Side effect: Slow heart rate, low blood pressure dizziness fatigue heart block asthma attacks. Talk to your doctor.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Why would atenolol taken for tachycardia quit working as well after years of usage?

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Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 34 years experience
Tolerance: Any medical problem may change over time, making medication less effective. Arrhythmias may become more prone to occur based on changes in the circuit or underlying heart condition. Other medications may also have an influence.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the side effect of atenolol medicine and does it affect the sexual desire?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Yes, and ED: Atenolol is in the family of meds called beta-blockers. Atenolol is the member with the most side effects. It can cause wt gain, depression, ed, increases in blood sugar, etc. Beta-blockers should be avoided if you don't have heart disease. If you do, ask for bystolic (nebivolol). If you don't, ask to get off the beta-blockers asap. Don't stop, you should wean - talk to your dr.

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