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Does anybody take the prescription drug Atenolol for fast heart rate ?

Does anybody take the prescription drug Atenolol for fast heart rate? For about a week I had been experiencing a fast heart rate , mostly at night. Could feel it pulsing in my neck and chest. Kept me awake all night. I went to the doctor, and my pulse was 102, blood pressure 140/86. They put me on Atenolol. I take one everyday, but sometimes later in the morning. When I take it a few hours late, my pulse is high, and I get all sweaty and jitterey. Is this because the medication is making me feel this way, because I am not taking it exactly 24 hours, or is this how I would feel if I wasn t taking it. Or is it the medication making me feel this way, because they say if you stop taking it, your sympyms could get worse????? Also the did a EKG, guess it was Ok, but isn t there other test they should be doing? Also I seem to be urinating more often since I have been on the medication. Does this medication cause this?
Sat, 17 Jul 2010
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Professor Fameliaris suggests that Atenolol is the best drug to use because you suffer from Tachycardia (Fast heart) and that drug is used to slow the heart down with a 50 mg dosage the rate that your heart is going at 102 beats per minute the heart rate will decrease to between 60 to 80 beats or less per minute and it is also used for angina as well as high blood pressure you must undergo heart tests such as a stress ecg test such that they may find out in case the heart has any abnomormalities,second of all you might suffer from panic attacks which increase the heart rate as well as the blood pressure you need to see a Psychiatrist to put you on a good drug Xanor if he suspects
Panic Anxiety Attacks,Stop drinking all kinds of coffees immediately because it increases the heart rate remember that you need to keep your heart at a slow rate another special test you can perform is holter monitoring which you
wear a electronic box that measures your ecg for 24 hours you are not to use Atenolol if you are asthmatic use your atenolol carefully so that you may maintain a stable heart beat everyday
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To answer 1 of using Atenolol if you are urinating you might have symptoms of panic attacks because this causes you to urinate if you have one please tell me your symptoms what you are experiencing.Professor Nico
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I take Atenolol for high blood pressure. I also had tachycardia (fast heart rate), it works well to control both. It's a 1 a day 24 hour pill so you probably got jittery because it only works for about 24 hours and then you need another dose. It will not make you jittery. It doesn't make me sweat or uriniate more, but there is an atenolol with a diuretic in it so maybe yours has a diuretic. You might need a stronger dose, I take 50mg, started with 25mg and it didn't work for me. Anyway if you just keep taking it as prescribed it should help you feel better and slow your heart down a bit. Mine was as fast as 120 resting and now it's in the 60's and 70's.
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