Tachycardia And The Use Of Beta Blockers

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TerriJo - March 3

I have experienced tachycardia consistently since about 9 weeks (I am now 28 weeks). My "normal" heart rate is now anywhere between 110-150 bpm. I have had invasive testing and nothing can be found, but the doctors prescribed me with Atenolol 25 mg/once a day to help lower my pulse rate and alleviate a lot of my symptoms. Is anyone else pregnant and taking a beta blocker for a similiar issue? All the information I read says that it is not a good idea to take this medicine during pregnancy. Can anyone help? I am refusing to take this medicine until I hear something positive about it. I just can't see taking something that I know will potentially affect my unborn child. I've heard Methyldopa is a better choice. Can someone please help soon, I am not taking this medicince until I know more.

 

bella - March 22

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Concerned Person - March 23

I take 25mg's of Atenolol twice/day for a heart murmer I was born with. I plan on having children within a year and my OB/GYN told me about Labetolol as a safer beta-blocker for pregnancy.

 

momm4 - March 24

TerryJo, Hi! I've been taking Inderal LA (a beta-blocker) for about a year and a half now due to heart palpitations and mild tachycardia. I am now 35 weeks pregnant, and the medication has prevented these problems I was having before the pregnancy. It keeps my heart rate at about 85-100 resting, and it was always about 100 most of the time. The only drawback is that my blood pressure has always been a bit on the low side, and the medication keeps it even lower now. This sometimes causes me to feel a little more tired than usual, but other than that, I feel so much better. When I talked to my doctor when I first got pregnant, he told me he felt that Inderal was a very safe choice, and that the risk of complications was very low. I don't know much about Atenolol and pregnancy, you might want to discuss other options with your doctor. I have had 3 ultrasounds so far to check the baby's growth and cardiac structure, and everything looks great so far. Good Luck!

 

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