I have high blood pressure and currently take one (1) 50mg Atenolol tablet/day. Atenolol is a beta-blocker drug. So, my question concerns Atenolol’s potential to interfere with the action of beta-agonist (fat burner) supplements. I also read that Atenolol may seriously interfere with one’s ability to loose weight. Should I ask my doctor to explore other options ?
Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
Although atenolol is considered a selective drug, this is really just a relative term. The interference with lipolysis and problems with libido and so forth, are more related to antagonism or blocking of the beta 2-adrenergic receptor, and while atenolol is considered to be more selective towards the beta 1-adrenergic receptor, there is still some pretty significant activity in respect to the former.
It sounds like you’re concerned, so yes, I would discuss this with your physician and perhaps ask if you could be switched to an even more (again relatively speaking) selective beta blocker, such as Zebeta (bisoprolol fumarate), or perhaps seek an alternative route all together (e.g., thiazide diuretic or a combination of bisoprolol and hydrochlorothiazide (Ziac) if needed).
Also, if you’re already using beta-adrenergic agonists such as ephedrine or clenbuterol in the first place, I would be sure to inform your physician about this in the first place…in other words, I wouldn’t start taking beta blockers in order to counteract any problems you’re having with BP, if the cause is beta-adrenergic agonists to begin with. I’m not saying this is the case with you, just a side note.