Atenolol General Information
Atenolol belongs to a group of medicines known as beta-blockers.
Atenolol is indicated for:
• treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension);
• prevention of angina (chest pain);
• treatment of irregular heart beats (cardiac dysrhythmias);
• reduction of risk of heart complication following heart attack (myocardial infarction).
Atenolol is not addictive.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Atenolol exactly as directed.
Atenolol may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. The dosage may differ depending on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines. Your doctor will tell you exactly how much you should take. The elderly may require a lower dose of Atenolol.
To properly control your condition, Atenolol must be taken every day. Continue taking Atenolol for as long as your doctor prescribes. Do not stop taking Atenolol or lower the dose without first checking with your doctor. It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks before the full effect of Atenolol is noticed.
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets at the same time you would normally. If it is more than six hours since your last dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you would normally. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
Store your Atenolol tablets at room temperature. Avoid exposure to heat, light and moisture.
Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Atenolol Possible Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Chest pain (may be related to your disease and not a side effect) Fainting or severe dizziness Slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat Swelling of your feet or ankles Unusual bleeding or bruising Wheezing or trouble breathing
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to any type of beta blocker medicine (such as Atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol, Corgard, Inderal, Lopressor, Toprol, Tenormin), or if you have low blood pressure or certain heart problems.
Talk with your doctor about what these heart problems are.
Atenolol Missed Dose
If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can.
If your next regular dose is less than 8 hours away, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, kidney disease, overactive thyroid, or diabetes. Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor.
You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely. This medicine may raise or lower your blood sugar, and it may cover up symptoms of very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This medicine may make you dizzy.
Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. If you stop using this medicine, your blood pressure may go up.
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms.
Even if you feel well, do not stop using the medicine without asking your doctor.