Rene S. Posted May 20, 2009 Report Share Posted May 20, 2009 Hi. I'm making the beta blocker rounds. Did atenolol for 1 month. Sometimes my pressure would drop too low, briefly (70/40 at it's lowest). But I've never truly had low blood pressure. Switched over from the atenolol to propranolol (small dose) and my pressure seemed better but still the high end of normal. Maybe 136/72. Did propranolol for 4 days but had stomach cramping and lots of palps. I know I shouldn't have, but I did a switch again to Zebeta 2.5mg on Monday and it made me so nervous and anxious that I thought no more and not only that but my resting b/p was 183/85. Not good. I layed flat and it did come down, thanks Firewatcher! I called the cardio yesterday and was due for meds at 1. He didn't call until later and read me the riot act that I was to pick either the zebeta or propranolol and stick with it.Well, my pressure was high until around 2 then it dropped to normal without any beta blockers on board. I wound up taking 5mgs of propranolol at 5 but prior to that, my reading were better. 129/72, etc.Ok, now I'm all over the place. Especially after movement of just walking around my b/p today has been as high as 171/80, h/r at 75. I'm to take 5mgs of propranolol 3 times a day. I realize that I hate all beta blockers. And don't know why my pressure is high. I can't call the cardio for when I did tell him that my pressure seemed to rise with the bb he told me that was impossible that I was making it happen! Thankfully, I will see the specialist, Dr. Goodkin in 3 weeks but in the meanwhile I'm stumped. I don't think can change betas again. It can't be good for my body. And firewatcher, you are right. The atenolol seemed to control my b/p the best, as well as my palps. So now what do I do? I can't call the idiot cardio because he thinks that this is purely a psychiatric problem! That I can't accept the terms of my "illness". So just checking to see if anyone else had h/p vs. low. Mind you in the am and late at night it's usually normal to low. So frustrating. I guess it would be called labile hypertension. And I wonder how dangerous it was to switch from one beta to another. I was always on baby doses. atenolol 6.25-10mg daily, then the propranolol around 10-15 mgs daily and the one day of zebeta 2.5mg. Thank you!Rene Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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