Atenolol And Depression

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Atenolol rose to prominence among depression sufferers because of its tendency to evoke feelings of depression. Atenolol is well-known drug that belongs to the group of beta blockers, which were originally used for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders.

Originally introduced in 1976, atenolol served as a replacement for propranolol which treated hypertension. It works by decreasing the heart rate and thereby lessening the heart's workload. However, unlike its predecessor, atenolol does not pass through the blood-brain barrier which means that doesn’t impact the central nervous system in the same dangerous way.

Atenolol is mostly recognized in United Kingdom where it was, at one time, recognized as a primary treatment option for hypertension. The distinction was notably reduced, however, in 2006 because newer more effective drugs seemed to spring up on the scene. That, coupled with the observations that even fairly mild doses of atenolol could increase risk of type 2 diabetes, severely reduced its popularity.

The paradox: Depression as a side effect of atenolol

Atenolol and depression has been noted as a side effect in up to 12 percent of people who took it. Although the rate of depression is especially high for atenolol users, it still has not been officially described as a problem. Some suggest that it is simply a combination of factors induced by atenolol that may lead to depression, while others note that atenolol brings on full blown depression. Either way, some semblance of a link undeniably exists and that no doubt has attributed to some of the backlash against the drug.

Because of the link between atenolol and depression, anyone who thinks that atenolol is the right treatment option for them should consult with their regular physician before committing to it. Furthermore, people who find themselves dealing with depression shortly after beginning to take atenolol should similarly seek out professional mental health treatment.

OMG.I am going in-patient in

OMG.I am going in-patient in the morning with a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, Single Episode, Severe. My life has literally fallen apart in the last 8 weeks. I went on Atenolol for a racing heart after my husband had a heart attack and quintuple bypass surgery on July 1. I spent a month in and out of bed with flulike symptoms, which I insisted were related to the medication and the doctors insisted they were not (my cardiologist even increased my dose-and I have normally low blood pressure to begin with). After a month I began to wean off and I sunk DEEP into major depression and anxiety, to include panic attacks. This is not me and even though I continued to insist that the medication was causing this, my doctors insisted it wasn't. I have experience in the area of mental illness, as I am a practicing Marriage and Family Therapist. I just NEVER imagined that a medication could do all these horrible things to you and doctors not be aware of the side effects and drug companies still be allowed to produce them. I'm angry and barely holding it together right now (previous to this I was a totally functioning and happy person), but I guess I will deal with this when I go to the hosptial tomorrow. I am 51!

 
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