Atenolol 100mg taper

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new to this, have been on atenolol for 2 years 100mg tapered off for 1 month, miagraines confusion shaking then the palpitations started. anyone know how long you need to taper for to get the body use to life without it. thanks

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    it took me months to get the atenolol withdrawal effects out of my system... i tapered the tablets...but had awful withdrawal as a cosequence. id been prescribed betablockers for 4years...then my meds were changed to a other beta blocker..ie atenolol. i had bad side effects from both beta blockers ..hence the tapering . i took atenolol for 2/3 years... i have atrilfibrillation.

    i had panic attacks! palps, dizziness?

    !hot flushes. it was hard not to return to the beta blocker. i hope this has helped you. it takes time for the body to recover...but for me...im so much better. good luck.

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    I tapered metoprolol down to 1/4 tablet and took the last dose 17 days ago. I found out that there are herbs to help with the withdrawals. After 4 days I felt great, and now I have no more tachycardia or any other symptoms. The herbs I used were: Motherwort, lemon balm, skullcap, and valerian. I used them as a tincture and only added valerian at night before sleep. My husband had stopped metoprolol before, without using these herbs, and it took him 3 months to feel normal. He started taking Hawthorn for high blood pressure instead of going back on metoprolol, and he's doing very well. Hawthorn lowered my blood pressure too much, since it's already low. Try these herbs one by one, then take the ones that relieve your symptoms.

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    100mg is the maximum "normal" dosing for atenolol. For me 12.5mg per day has mostly done the job, but sometimes I've temporarily increased it. Doctor thinks I'm nuts but I don't like the way I feel on even 25mg.

    One month may be too quick to taper off from 100mg.

    Presume you were taking it for high blood pressure?

    How did you feel when you were down at 25mg?

    For that matter, what got you to start tapering off?

    I think it clears from your body pretty quickly, but we do get acclimated to it, and we generally still have the underlying conditions.

    I've had short periods when I was able to skip it, but for one reason or another, have then gotten right back on it.

    So, check with your doctor of course, but getting back on a small dose, might be something worth trying. If that works (and I hope it does), then try a slower taper back towards zero.

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    thanks everyone.. yes was taking for high blood pressure. i was 23 days off but had to get back on due to palpitations in hospital for 3 nights sweating couldnt stand. never had palpitations before.. nurses suggested afib because of being young 26.. i think im going to taper 87.5.. 75..67.5 etc monthly if that dont work will do the afib? the doctors keep tlling me no wothdrawal.. miagraines when i weaned to 50mg last time

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    My understanding is that it is different for everyone. I have been on atenolol for many years. Im having a tough time with all kind of symptoms.

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