Today her doctor took her off of the Atenolol. Should she have been taking this medication? Has it been used recently for her condition?
Atenolol should be tapered off of over 2 wks unless she has only been on it a short time. It is a beta blocker. It decreases cardiac output and cardiac oxygen consumption. It can cause dizziness, fainting,fatigue,shortness of breath,slow heart rate etc. Beta blockers are great for some and terrible for others. I cant get out of bed and i only take 25 mg.I am not a big advocate of this drug in kids, but it can be necessary. It is not usually used for her condition, but drugs are often prescribed for rare and even off label reasons. I would see a 2nd specialist opinion now.If he agrees she should have tried it or should be on it then consider that.This one is a little tricky, as you see.Take care of each other and be assertive!
- Atenolol Information for Consumers
- Atenolol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Atenolol (detailed)
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