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High BP, taking Atenol, also going through pre-menopausal. Will this affect cholesterol and kidneys long term ?

I have been diagnoise with high blood pressure . I am using Atenol I take 50mg in the morning at 6:30am and 50mg at 6:30pm due to the fact it wears off after 12 hours, sometime after 6 hours. I started with this medicine almost a year ago starting at 12.5, 25, 37 (this was a pill and 1/2) and now 50/50. I check my pressure a lot because I feel funny and 75% of the time when I feel funny it s high ranging from 145/92 -150/100. I am ablack 49 year women with Ulcerative Colitis which is doing great since 27 bascially healthy. Feel great, but also going through pre-menopausal. I really do not think this medicine is working for me and I do not want the doctor to prescribe fluid pills. I am already a small frame women and do not want to lose weight taking fluid pills. I want to change my medicine, I really think something else will work. Also is it dangerous to take this high dosage, will it affect my cholesterol and kidneys long term?
Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

100 mg is the limit for atenolol.
The dose does not affect kidneys.
Uncontrolled pressure can affect kidneys.
It has some effects on lipids.
You can very well change - the only problem is rebound. You have to taper off slowly every 3 or 4 days > 50 mg > 25 > 12.5 ...

There are several classes of drugs apart from beta blockers and diuretics.../ Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB); Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor (ACEI); Direct Renin Inhibitor; Calcium Channel Blocker (CCB) - the list is long / there is more than one drug in each class.

See your doctor - he will guide.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
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