High Blood Pressure
ATENOLOL (a TEN oh lole) is a beta blocker. It decreases the amount of work your heart has to do and helps your heart beat regularly. It treats high blood pressure and/or prevent chest pain (also called angina). It is also used after a heart attack to prevent a second one.
Atenolol may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions
Take this drug by mouth. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Keep taking it unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this drug in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of Atenolol contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: Atenolol is only for you. Do not share Atenolol with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-changes in vision
-cold, tingling, or numb hands or feet
-fast, irregular heartbeat
-feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
-fever with sore throat
-rapid weight gain
-signs and symptoms of high blood sugar such as being more thirsty or hungry or having to urinate more than normal. You may also feel very tired or have blurry vision.
-swollen ankles, legs
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
-change in sex drive or performance
-nightmares or trouble sleeping
-short term memory loss
This list may not describe all possible side effects for Atenolol. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.Source: FDA
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
-certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
-NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-heart or vessel disease like slow heart rate, worsening heart failure, heart block, sick sinus syndrome or Raynaud''s disease
-lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema
-an unusual or allergic reaction to atenolol, other beta-blockers, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Check your blood pressure and pulse rate regularly. Ask your health care professional what your blood pressure and pulse rate should be, and when you should contact him or her.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine may increase blood sugar. Ask your healthcare provider if changes in diet or medicines are needed if you have diabetes.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused drug after the expiration date.