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Atenolol

Atenolol is a beta-blocker mainly prescribed by doctors for:

  • Treatment and prevention of chest pain or heart pain from angina pectoris
  • Treatment of high blood pressure or hypertension
  • Management of heart attack or acute myocardial infarction
  • Management of thyroid storm
  • Reduction of irregular heartbeats and the risk of a further heart attack immediately after a heart attack.
  • Preventing migraine headaches
  • Treatment of alcohol withdrawal

It’s also prescribed for other uses as determined by your doctor. Atenolol works by blocking the beta receptors found in the heart causing the heart to beat slower and less forcefully. This reduces the pressure at which the heart has to pump blood around the body thus lowering the blood pressure. Atenolol allows the heart to function effectively without much effort. It also prevents angina pectoris because it reduces the heart’s workload and so decreases also the demand for oxygen. It also controls irregular heartbeats by allowing electrical signals in the heart to fire more regularly thus making the heartbeat more regular. 

Why Buy Atenolol?

Atenolol is an effective beta-blocker with many uses. It’s a first-choice medication for treating heart attack and in controlling chest pain. At a lower dose, Atenolol has fewer side effects than any other beta-blockers because it targets the heart instead of other parts of the body. Atenolol is FDA approved for medical use since 1975 and is available as a generic medication in the US only and brand names in other countries. The generic version is a lot cheaper compared with brand names but both drugs contain the same active ingredient and have the same mechanism of action.

How to Take Atenolol?

Atenolol comes as a tablet form for you to take by mouth. Your dose depends on your condition and how well you respond to the treatment. Your doctor will ask you to take your medication in the morning. For some, they may be asked to take it twice a day, morning and evening. Always remember to take this at the same time each day. You can take this with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole with water.

Continue taking this medicine even if you feel well. It may take until 1-2 weeks before you will feel the full benefit of this medication. Do not stop taking them without informing your doctor. For a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not double up your dose to make up for the missed one.

What are the side effects of Atenolol?

Atenolol may cause unwanted side effects like any other medications. These side effects can affect individuals in different ways. Common side effects are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Fatigue
  • Cold hand and feet
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Indigestions
  • Constipation

Uncommon side effects are:

  • Cramping pain in the calf muscle
  • Irritated and dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Worsening of heart failure
  • Skin rash
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing

Serious side effects are:

  • Worsening of psoriasis
  • Sexual problems or impotence
  • Reduced number of blood platelets
  • Nightmares
  • Hallucination
  • Depression

In case of serious side effects seek medical help right away.

We care for your health’s safety

  • Take Atenolol regularly and on a long-term basis unless you are instructed by your doctor. Stopping your medication all of a sudden can worsen your condition.
  • Atenolol can make you feel sleepy, dizzy and tired. This can even be worse if you will drink alcohol. Also, remember that alcohol can increase your blood pressure and make your condition worse. Some people tend to feel dizzy even without alcohol intake. So avoid doing potentially hazardous activities if affected.
  • This medication can help control your blood pressure and angina pectoris. However, this will not cure them.
  • Do not take this to treat an angina attack as it won’t work quickly enough. You should take other medications like glyceryl trinitrate to help relieve the pain from an angina attack.
  • Atenolol is usually taken on long-term treatment to help control your blood pressure, arrhythmias and to prevent angina pectoris and migraines. Take this medication regularly. If you stop abruptly, your blood pressure and heart condition will likely get worse. Your angina and migraine attacks may happen more often and may even get worse.
  • If you are due to have an operation or a dental treatment, it is vital to inform your doctor about your medication.
  • Alcoholic beverages may not directly affect your medication. However, to some patients, this drug can make them feel dizzy, tired or sleepy. If you are affected, it’s best to avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Do not take this if you have:
    • Uncontrolled heart failure
    • A severe form of angina pectoris known as Prinzmetal’s angina
    • Cardiogenic shock, a condition where your heart fails to maintain enough circulation of blood around the body.
    • Very low blood pressure or hypotension
    • Very slow heartbeat
    • Very poor blood circulation in the arteries of extremities
    • Severe asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Untreated tumor of the adrenal gland
  • Take Atenolol with care if you have:
    • Kidney or liver disease
    • First-degree heart shock
    • You are above 60 years old
    • Poor blood circulation in the hands and feet
    • Diabetes
    • Asthma or COPD
    • Psoriasis
    • Allergy
    • Myasthenia gravies
    • An overactive thyroid gland
  • Do not take this if you are pregnant unless deemed necessary by your physician. If you think you are pregnant while under medication, seek medical advice from your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Do not take this if you are breastfeeding. Atenolol may pass unto breast milk in a significant amount that can be potentially dangerous to the baby.

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