WHAT IS ATENOLOL?
Atenolol is a beta-blocker drug that affects the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins). It is prescribed primarily for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (chest pain), heart rhythm disorders, and other heart or circulatory conditions. It is also used after a heart attack to increase the chances of survival and may be used in other conditions not listed here.
Atenolol is sold under various trade names, a couple of which are Tenormin, Aten (made by Intas Pharma) and O Beta (made by Intas Pharma).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ATENOLOL:
Do not take Atenolol (Tenormin, O Beta) if you have a known allergy to it, or if you have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, severe liver disease, or a serious heart conditions such as a heart block, sick sinus syndrome, or AV block (unless you have a pacemaker).
If you are scheduled for a surgery, inform your surgeon well in advance that you are using Atenolol. You may be required to suspend taking this medicine for a short time. Also do not stop taking Atenolol without your doctor’s advice. If you stop taking this medicine suddenly, your condition will deteriorate for the worse.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, continue taking Atenolol even if you don’t have any symptoms. High blood pressure doesn’t have any outwardly signs. You may have to take this medicine for the rest of your life.
Atenolol is a pregnancy category D drug. Do not take this medicine if you are a pregnant woman. If you become pregnant during the treatment with this medicine, stop taking it and contact your doctor immediately. Tenormin can cause injury or death of an unborn baby if taken during pregnancy. Use of an effective birth control is recommended while taking this medicine. Atenolol can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Do not take this medicine without your doctor’s advice if you are breast feeding.
BEFORE TAKING ATENOLOL:
Before taking Atenolol (Tenormin, O Beta), take care of all precautions mentioned above. Discuss them with your doctor and clear all doubts which you may have about this drug
To ensure that this drug is safe for you, inform your doctor before taking Atenolol if you have any of the following conditions: diabetes (taking Atenolol can make it difficult for you to judge when you have low blood sugar), angina, low blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, depression, a thyroid disorder, myasthenia gravis, pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland), circulation problems (such as Raynaud?s syndrome), or a history of allergies.
HOW SHOULD I TAKE ATENOLOL?
Take Atenolol strictly according to your doctor?s direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also, do not take this medication after the prescribed period is over. All medications come with a patient leaflet. Refer the instructions in them for detailed information on that particular medication. Atenolol works best when taken with food. Always store this medicine in a cool and dry place.
Atenolol is a part of a full line of treatment for blood pressure which includes diet restrictions, exercises, and other medicines. Follow a proper regimen of these things as directed by your doctor to keep your blood pressure in control.
WHAT IF I MISS A DOSE:
If you miss a dose of Atenolol, take it as soon as you remember. Don?t take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Taking multiple doses near to each other can lead to excess medication in your body which can be harmful.
WHAT IF I OVERDOSE:
In case of an overdose of Atenolol, get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor Immediately. Overdose may result in uneven heartbeat, breathlessness, bluish colored fingernails, dizziness, weakness, seizure, or fainting.
THINGS AND ACTIVITIES TO AVOID WHILE TAKING ATENOLOL:
Atenolol may impact your thinking capability and reflexes. Take extra care while driving or other such activities that require a high level of mental awareness and alertness. Avoid or limit alcohol consumption while taking Atenolol. Also, avoid getting up quickly from a lying or sitting position otherwise you may feel dizzy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for any other restrictions while using this medicine.
SIDE EFFECTS OF ATEN 50MG:
Diarrhea, Or Fatigue
Swelling Of Face
Tongue, Or Throat, Or Breathing Trouble
Sudden Or Unexplained Weight Gain
Severe Stomach Or Abdominal Pain, Dark Urine
Yellowing Of Eyes And Skin
Persistent Nausea Or Vomiting
ATENOLOL DOSING INFORMATION:
Atenolol dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Your dosage will be determined by your doctor after examining you properly. Remember to follow your doctor?s advice properly for best results.
INTERACTION WITH OTHER DRUGS:
Other drugs can interact with Atenolol. Some of them include allergy drugs, cimetidine, clonidine, digitalis, dobutamine, haloperidol, isoproterenol, blood thinner such as warfarin, doxazosin, prazosin, terazosin, amiadarone, propafenone, quinidine, fluconazole, insulin or oral diabetes medicines, antidepressants, other heart or blood pressure medicine, HIV medicines, MAO inhibitors, anti emetics, or narcotic pain killers. However, these are not the only drugs that can interact with Atenolol. Inform your doctor in advance if you use any other medicines or related products. Never start a new medicine without proper medical advice.
Aten 50 Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers. It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), angina (heart-related chest pain), irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia). It also helps to prevent future heart attacks and stroke and migraines.
Aten 50 Tablet is also used to relieve the symptoms caused by an overactive thyroid gland. It may be prescribed alone or together with other medications. The dose and frequency depend on what you are taking it for and the severity of your condition. It may be taken empty stomach or with a meal, but take it regularly at the same time each day to get the most benefit. It may take several weeks before you get the full benefit of this medicine and you may need to take it for the rest of your life. However, it is important to continue taking it even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel ill and if you stop taking it, your condition may worsen.
The main side effects of this medicine are fatigue, slow heart rate, feeling dizzy, diarrhea, and nausea. These are usually mild and short-lived. It may also cause shortness of breath or low blood pressure in some people. To reduce the risk of side effects your doctor will probably start the medicine at a low dose and gradually increase it. Consult your doctor if the side effects bother you or do not go away.
Before taking it, let your doctor know if you have any liver problems. It may also not be suitable for people who have a slow heart rate, severe circulation problems, severe heart failure, or low blood pressure. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should also consult their doctor before taking it. You must talk to your doctor to find out whether this medicine is suitable for you to use. You should have your blood pressure checked regularly to make sure that this medicine is working properly. Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase certain side effects.
Regular monitoring of blood pressure is recommended and can help in better dose adjustment.