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jamesws posted:
I have been taking Atenolol daily for the past few years at 25mg. Having a consistent blood pressure reading at or near 140 over 85+, my physician suggested doubling the daily dosage of this same medication. What would be a reasonable time period in which I may begin to see improved (if any) results?


With respect to having hypothyroidism for the past 30 years, I recently consulted with an endocrinologist who suggested I begin taking Synthroid vs. Levothyroxine. Also it was prescribed that I take a certain dosage of Synthroid certain days of the week and another dosage the other days of the week. Is this a reasonable approach to take? Can I ever expect to take just one dosage all the time in the foreseeable future?
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billh99 responded:
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Also it was prescribed that I take a certain dosage of Synthroid certain days of the week and another dosage the other days of the week.

It is my impression that it is difficult to balance the dosage of those meds. My guess is the reason for taking different dosages on different days.

Atenolol is a beta blocker. While there are reasons to prescribe it for certain heart conditions or if other BP meds have not worked. The guidelines indicate that an ACEinhibitor (or ABR) or Calcium Channel Blocker be the first choice for controlling blood pressure.


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