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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Combining Adderall and Atenolol

06/13/2007

Question:

I currently take 50mg/day of Atenolol (beta blocker) for high blood pressure. I would like to try adderall for ADHD. Will combining these two medications have bad side effects?

Answer:

I often use Atenolol for my patients who get a little too much caffeine-like effects from stimulant medications but still really need them. It is always important to monitor your blood pressure when first using a stimulant and will be particularly true if you take atenolol for that reason.

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Response by:

Susan Louisa Montauk, MD
Formerly Professor of Family Medicine
University of Cincinnati