• DEJ DEJ
    February 07, 2010
    Does Exforge help lower pulse rate? Does it cause anxiety?
    DEJ DEJ
    February 07, 2010

    I was taking 50 mg. Atenolol 1X per day.  A few years ago doctor added 5 to 10 mg. Norvasc and if necessary take another 50 mg. Atenolol at night.  Now he recommends Atenolol in AM and Exforge 5/160 at night, which I have not started yet.  Will Exforge help lower the pulse rate also?  I like the Atenolol for that purpose but am concerned about some of the side effects of Exforge that I've read.  I started having anxiety attacks, which the doctor does not attribute to the meds or to my b/p. I am trying some natural remedies for that right now. 

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  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    February 08, 2010
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    February 07, 2010

    Hi DEJ,

     

    Exforge is a calcium-channel blocker that works to lower blood pressure by relaxing the muscles of your heart and blood vessels.  Atenolol is a beta-blocker used to lower blood pressure.  I recommend quizzing your physician so you understand the reason they recommended the switch from atenolol to exforge.

     

    Potential side effects of exforge include anxiety and sleep problems.  A more serious side effect is a fast/pounding heart beat.  If you experience this contact your physician.

     

    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

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    • DEJ
      DEJ
      February 08, 2010
      DEJ
      DEJ
      February 08, 2010

      Thank you.  He is not switching from Atenolol to Exforge, he is adding it.  I'm to take 50 mg. Atenolol in AM and Exforge 5/160 in PM.  I'm not sure now if I want to take the Exforge if a side effect is anxiety. 

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  • Sue
    Sue
    May 08, 2010
    Sue
    Sue
    February 07, 2010

    Hi,

    I'm on the same meds you are and the same dosage. Exforge did increase my heart rate, so I take it in the morning and the Atenolol at night. If I take the Exforge in the morning I don't notice the increase in my heart rate. After taking it for 5 months my heart rate isn't at fast as it was in the beginning. Atenolol slows my heart rate, which is good it's easier to fall asleep.

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