What is Tenormin (Atenolol) used for?
Tenormin (Atenolol) is either used on its own or in combination with other drugs to help treat hypertension. Other uses for this drug include preventing angina, treating an irregular heartbeat, heart failure, withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and preventing migraine headaches. This drug belongs to a class of medications called beta blockers, which work by helping blood vessels to relax, thereby slowing the heart rate and decreasing blood pressure.
How should I use Tenormin (Atenolol)?
The dosage for Tenormin (Atenolol) is usually decided by the prescribing physician. Patients are sometimes directed to take this medication 1 to 2 times per day. This drug may often take 1 to 2 weeks to be fully effective and the full benefits noticed by the patient. Continue taking this drug unless told otherwise by your physician.
What are the side effects of Tenormin (Atenolol)?
Some side effects of Tenormin (Atenolol) include:
If you notice any more serious side effects, you should immediately consult your physician.
You should never suddenly stop taking this medication without first informing your physician. If you suddenly stop taking this medication, you may suffer from serious side effects. Your physician may need to gradually reduce your dosage.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Tenormin (Atenolol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.