Atenolol is an antihypertensive medicine that belongs to the class of beta-blockers. It works by blocking the action of certain chemicals that helps to reduce the workload and heart rate. Atenolol is used alone or in combination with other medicines to manage high blood pressure, chest pain (angina), and acute myocardial infarction to reduce cardiovascular mortality. Hypertension is a common disease in which the blood pressure in arteries is so high that your heart has to work more than normal. Continuous high blood pressure will eventually cause serious health problems like heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure.
Atenolol is available in IV infusion and tablet form.
IV infusion should be administered by a trained professional only.
Take the tablet by mouth with a glass of water.
Take it with or without food.
Swallow it as a whole, do not crush or chew the medicine.
Take it at the same time to help you remember.
Or use it exactly as instructed by your doctor.
Avoid this medication if:
You are allergic to this medicine or its contents.
Consult your doctor if:
You are pregnant, planning to have a child, or breastfeeding.
You have a medical history of liver disease, breathing disorders (asthma, bronchitis etc.), blood circulation diseases, Myasthenia gravis, thyroid disorders, or an irregular heart rhythm.
Your symptoms are getting worse, instead of getting better.
Be careful about:
Taking the medicine timely, in the way that your physician has prescribed. Keep in mind that it may take 10-14 days before effects can be seen.
Maintaining blood sugar if you are diabetic, while taking this drug.
Check blood sugar levels if you are diabetic, and on medication to treat diabetes. Taking this drug may make some of the signs of low blood sugar less prominent.
Alcohol consumption should be avoided
Performing any tasks that require alertness, such as driving, because this drug may cause dizziness. Only perform these tasks if you are confident in your abilities.
Hypertension and Angina
This medication is used in the management of hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiac dysrhythmias (problem with the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat caused by changes in your heart's normal sequence of electrical impulses). Treatment of myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Patients using this medicine might experience:
Slow pulse rate
Cold hand and feet
Positive evidence of risk has been found. Use only when no safer alternative exists.
This medicine is probably unsafe to use during nursing. Consult your doctor for more information.
This medicine might affect your driving ability. Do not drive until you know how this medicine affects you.
The safety and effectiveness of atenolol is undetermined in liver patients. Consult your doctor for more information.
Atenolol should be used with caution in kidney patients. Dose adjustment might be required. Consult your doctor for more information.
Avoid alcohol consumption when using this medicine as it may cause excessive drowsiness. Consult your doctor for more information.
Before using this medicine, inform your doctor about your complete medical history; especially of Asthma, Prinzmetal’s angina, controlled heart failure, first-degree heart block, diabetes, thyrotoxicosis, and kidney problems.
Inform your doctor about all your current medicines.
Do not quit this medicine without informing your doctor.
Do not share this medicine with anyone.
Do not use this medicine if you have any of the following conditions:
Hypersensitivity to Atenolol
Uncontrolled heart failure
Will this drug cause bleeding, or thinning of the blood?
This drug will not change bleeding tendency, or cause bleeding.
Will this drug cause changes in mood, body temperature, or energy?
Tiredness, and cold hands and feet are possible side effects of this drug.
Will this drug cause dizziness or headaches?
Headaches and dizziness are common and possible side.effects of this medicine. To prevent dizziness, try to avoid getting up abruptly when you are lying down, or any other sudden movements. Avoid activities that require alertness such as driving etc.
Can I stop taking this medicine once my blood pressure is normal?
This medicine should not be stopped unless your doctor recommends it, and it should not be stopped abruptly. Kindly follow the instructions of your physician regarding how and when to stop taking this drug.
What if I miss a dose?
You can take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you remember when it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose entirely. Do not double your dose to catch up for missed doses.
Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.
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