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Re: atenolol vs metoprolol SLS

Posted by saturn on April 19, 2006, at 11:10:06

In reply to Re: atenolol vs metoprolol saturn, posted by SLS on April 19, 2006, at 6:02:21

>
> Is there a pulmonary thing going on?

Not that I'm aware of. I did smoke 5 years, but quit about 3 years ago. My exercise tolerance is excellent, but I am going to ask my doc to do a pulmonary function test.
>
> Are you worried about the possibility of angina or do you currently experience it? Stable or unstable?

I have only experienced angina when I've taken stimulants--ritalin (the most), adderall, dex. Needless to stay I no longer take them.

> If neither of the above two conditions exist, but you are suffering from heart failure, I think carvedilol is the better drug. It is the only one that also acts as a NE alpha-1 antagonist. This acts as an afterload reducer and helps prevent the progression of hypertrophy. It will treat angina effectively once you reach dosages of 100mg (50mg b.i.d.).

Thanks Scott, fortunately I've been told many times my heart is working just fine. Many many echos, stress test, even cardiac mri. I think I may have a minor arrythmia though that my docs never mentioned, because I was able to glance at one of the EKG's when I unfortunately had to go the the ED. It said sinus arrythmia and tachycardia, but the doc said the arrythmia is probably due to my thin habitus and the tachy was (surely) due to Dexedrine.

I've always wondered if something weren't going on that makes me so sensitive to stimulants. I've been considering a trial of provigil, but not sure this is wise--first I'm going to see a cardiologist about this and get checked out.


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