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Atenolol and memory


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  • Atenolol and memory

    While at the Boston Museum of Science, I saw an interesting exhibit on the human brain. One of the points made was that dreams act to "cement" events of the day into your memory storage. Atenolol, of course, is noted for its effects on the dream process. Has anyone who takes the drug subjectively noticed a decrease in memory function, or I am just imaging it (or maybe just getting old).

    Diagnosed with unobstructed HCM in 2004 after a bad experience playing tennis
    Graduated to obstructed HCM by Dec, 2008.

    Life outside of HCM: Law, Photography, Tennis, Music, raising kids and camping

  • #2
    I take 100mg of Atenolol per day.

    I don't know if it's related or not, but my short-term memory is absolutely awful. I'll lay my car keys down somewhere in my apartment, then 5 minutes later I'm looking for my car keys wondering where I've put them! It's terrible, and I don't remember it being this bad before. On the other hand, maybe my memory really was this bad before taking the beta-blocker, but I just don't remember it. Yikes! It's like one of those time-travel paradoxes.

    My long-term memory is outstanding though... I joke with people that I can remember what happened last week easily enough, you just have to wait twenty years for me to remember it.

    Interesting topic.

    "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."


    • #3
      My husband complains of "getting old and not being able to remember" anything any more. He says it's pitiful that he has to write everything down every day. He only takes 50mg of atenolol daily. I don't know if it's related or not.


      Husband has HCM.
      3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


      • #4
        I have no doubts that atenolol has a significant effect on the brain. I took it for 3 years and only stopped taking it after my myectomy 12 weeks ago. I noticed a major numbing of my senses as well as short term memory loss. The first time I was ever on it was 7 years ago: I took it for 4 months or so and just couldn't stand it. I stopped taking it and within the space of a week I was back to normal.

        However, even though I stopped taking beta blockers recently I haven't had a chance to notice any improvement because I am now on Amiodarone, which is toxic of course.

        Take care,

        Age 38, dad of two young children, dx 1996, myectomy March 2005, a-fib issues, due for ICD soon.


        • #5
          I do a lot of carpentry work, I think I spend 1/2 my time looking for tools that I don't remember where I put it down, especially my tape measure.
          So now I have three so I'm sure to fine one of them in reasonable time.
          Every great thing that has ever happened since the beginning of time has started as a single thought in someones mind.
          So if you are capable of thought then you are capable of great things
          Good luck and stay well.


          • #6
            Maybe we should include our age with our response lol.

            120 mg Verapamil. Tummy sucks, sleep is not very good but I feel physically much better.

            Mind vs body trade off?

            Talk to my manager maybe he has seen a difference, I have been feeling older for longer than I have been on Verapamil.