I am a 37 year old female and was was started on Atenolol .25 mg 1x/daily for rapid heart rate due to anxiety issues yesterday. I also take .5 Xanax as needed. I'm feeling a little light headed today and have diarrhea. Is this normal when starting this med? I had an AWFUL reaction to Zoloft, so now I'm super leery of trying new meds. Any info/feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Dizziness is pretty common. You may want to be sure that your blood pressure isnt dropping too low. Diarrhea is often a possibility with most meds. It could be related to the drug or it may just be coincidental but I would mention both effects to your Dr. If your blood pressure is usually normal or on the low side, the Atenolol (and the Xanax for that matter) may be dropping it too low making you lightheaded so check your blood pressure.
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