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Fynndog
Fynndog

Does atenolol have less side effects than bisoprilol. Or is it just horses for corses

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I guess there is individual response . I had a horrible time with bisoprolol changed by cardiologist to atenolol because it doesn’t cross the blood brain barrier and it has been much better for me. Am in last stage of withdrawing from atenolol beta blockers are not for me

Fynndog
Fynndog in reply to Peony4575

Hi Peony. Bit concerned about this blood brain issue. Something else to worry about,

Peony4575
Peony4575 in reply to Fynndog

Not worry just be aware if you are one of the people who tends to get side effects. Am not a doctor but if drugs cross the blood brain barrier then you may get side effects/withdrawal symptoms that are “centrally mediated” that is come from brain/ central nervous system. So for me bisoprolol caused a lot more side effects/withdrawal symptoms in my case anxiety and feelings of weakness. I tolerated Atenolol very much better because much less likely to cross blood brain barrier . Some people don’t seem to be affected so in that sense it is courses for horses, I have just found out the hard way which kind of horse I am . Have a chat with your doctor . If you have any questions I can answer am happy to try

Fynndog
Fynndog in reply to Peony4575

Thank you fir your concern. Have a good Christmas abd a very happy HEALTHY new year

Peony4575
Peony4575 in reply to Fynndog

You too x

I have been taking atenolol for thirteen years for arrhythmia. I can’t say I have had any side effects from them and they keep my heart rate under control.

Hubby has been on atenolol for the last 13 years, he’s on a lower dose since his bypass surgery but never noticed any side effects.

I take bisoporol 1.25 mg twice/day and have no side effects.ALL side effects from prescribed medications should be discussed with the prescriber/GP or pharmacist

I've tried most of them for my AF and incredible forcecul PAC's and after an ablation 7 years ago am now taking 2.5mg bisoprolol per day. These have been the lesser of all the beta blocker evils for me.

Sotalol; collapsed after 4 days with severe bradycardia and heart block.

Atenolol; went colour blind for the 6 weeks I was on them and they made my arrhythmia more forceful.

Bisoprolol; were horrible pre ablation and was up to 15mg per day. Since ablation have been on varying doses and now fairly settled (for now) on 2.5/day. Sometimes take up to 7.5 to 10mg if I get a bad day.

Not a beta blocker - but did take Flecainide 200mg per day for a few years. They were great for a long time and I had virtually a normal life again. This changed though and had heart block leading to Broad Complex Arrhythmia which almost finished me off!!! My then cardiologist wouldn't believe me when I told him I was jumping in and out of some strange, dreadful and debilitating, different to AF arrhythmia! Tool!