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Dr. C. Rollins
Dr. C. Rollins, Pharm. D.
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I have taken ATENOLOL for more than 20 years to control

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I have taken ATENOLOL for more than 20 years to control blood pressure and heart rate. For the most part it has worked fairly well until recently. I was on 25 mg of atenolol and 30 mg of adelat daily. Not effective now so have been increased to 50 mg Atenolol an 60 mg Adelat daily with limited benefit. Do drugs become less effective with time? I appreciate your help. Gordon McCormick
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: I take Effexor, Bupropion, Adelat, crestor, Atenolol and 81 mg Aspirin.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I had a heart attack in late 1995. I will be 75 year old later this month.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 1 year ago.
The Medication is not less effective more than likely it’s your disease has progressed. Just for your information Effexor and bupropion can cause increased heart rate.Hopefully this fully answers your question one satisfied please write my answer thanks
Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 1 year ago.
Correction once satisfied please rate my answer thanks
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was hoping for suggestions on alternative medications but maybe that is asking too much.
Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 12 months ago.
No problem at all lisinopril and Hydrochlorothiazide are widely used blood pressure medications to lower blood pressure. Bystolic and carvedilol are used to lower heart rate and blood pressure.
Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 12 months ago.

I have listed alternatives above for you hopefully this information helps. Thanks.