Asked 6 years, 11 months ago
Does blood pressure medication affect my running?
Hypertension Drugs and Waning Athletic Performance
I have been taking the blood pressure medication atenolol for a few years. Since I started taking the drug my running has gone downhill. In the past I have run 13 marathons; now if I run more than three miles I get fatigued.
I have continued to gain weight and it has been difficult to lose it. I have read about atenolol potentially causing weight gain and fatigue among other things. Have other runners experienced this with atenolol and is there a substitute medication that does not have these side effects?