For several years I have been taking atenolol for my blood pressure, Zoloft for depression and Prevacid for acid reflux. During this time, my breathing has gradually gotten worse, and now I can't walk more than 20 or 30 feet without stopping to catch my breath. Up to a couple of years ago, I walked four to five miles a day at a fast pace. Could this change have anything to do with my medicines?
Atenolol (Tenormin) is a possible candidate. This beta blocker can affect the lungs and cause fatigue. Susceptible people may experience asthma and have trouble catching their breath.
Beta blockers such as atenolol, metoprolol and propranolol have been first choices for treating high blood pressure for decades. Some researchers have begun to question the effectiveness and safety of such medications.
I was amused to hear that scientists have finally figured out that birth-control pills reduce a woman's sexual desire. I've known that for years.