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A 69-year-old male asked:

I am on atenolol 25mg.dr told me to stop the drug (side effects) but my heart rate went upto 125beats.now he says i go down to atenolol 12.5mg.will this low dose keep my heart rate down and lower side effect (depression) ?

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Dr. Philip Schwarzman
Emergency Medicine 46 years experience
That’s a very low dose. Try it and see if it works.
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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 59 years experience
I always step down on Beta blockers. Not stop all at once. Depending on dose. Different folks metabolize BB differently. Would be good to know other meds.
Apr 22, 2021
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
I would be concerned about a heart rate of 125 which is often not simple benign sinus tachycardia. Have you had an EKG during that rapid rate or an outpatient Holter Monitor to check for atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardias,atrial flutter? Have you been checked for overactive thyroid? Discuss this with your MD.
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Last updated May 9, 2021


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