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Dr. Stanley Berger
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Atenolol (Overview)

Atenolol is a relatively long-acting (24 hours) beta-blocker. Beta-blockers as a group of medications calm or slow the heart rate down. They stop the swings in hr from stress or nerves. If someone is on a good dose of a beta-blocker and are startled, the medication suppresses the pounding of your heart. It also won't allow the hr to climb with exercise. It's used to slow or control tachycardia.


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What exactly does atenolol do?

What exactly does atenolol do?

Lower HR and BP: It is a beta blocker and it lowers the heart rate and reduces blood pressure. ...Read more

Dr. Stanley Berger
431 Doctors shared insights

Atenolol (Overview)

Atenolol is a relatively long-acting (24 hours) beta-blocker. Beta-blockers as a group of medications calm or slow the heart rate down. They stop the swings in hr from stress or nerves. If someone is on a good dose of a beta-blocker and are startled, the medication suppresses the pounding of your heart. It also won't allow the hr to climb with exercise. It's used to slow or control tachycardia.


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Please describe the medication: atenolol?

Please describe the medication: atenolol?

Beta-blocker: Atenolol is a relatively long-acting (24 hours) beta-blocker. Beta-blockers as a group of medications calm or slow the heart rate down. They stop the swings in hr from stress or nerves. If someone is on a good dose of a beta-blocker and are startled, the medication suppresses the pounding of your heart. It also won't allow the hr to climb with exercise. It's used to slow or control tachycardia. ...Read more

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Is atenolol a good drug?

Absolutely: If used for htn, angina, or cardiovascular event prevention after a heart attack. ...Read more

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Why would an endocrinologist not prescribe indapamide with my atenolol?

Why would an endocrinologist not prescribe indapamide with my atenolol?

Need more info: It's hard to answer the question without knowing what you're treating. If hyperthyroidism is the underlying problem, then beta blocker therapy (i.e., atenolol) is often sufficient, and diuretics (e.g., indapamide) are usually unnecessary. These types of meds are often prescribed together in congestive heart failure, but they don't have to be. Discuss your concerns with your doctor. ...Read more

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Ecg shows sinus taqui, but results normal, dr prescribed atenolol 50, and said is just anxiety, could this be poss? Feel short of breath sometimes.

Ecg shows sinus taqui, but results normal, dr prescribed atenolol 50, and said is just anxiety, could this be poss? Feel short of breath sometimes.

Sinus tach: If you just had sinus tachycardia temporarily while you had your ekg, it is almost certainly meaningless. You can take your pulse when you are relaxed. If your heart rate is less than 100, you should forget about the ekg result. However, if your heart rate is always near or greater than 100, you need to have thyroid disease, anemia, and other potential causes ruled out. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use atenolol 25 mg and diltiazem 30 mg together?

Is it ok to use atenolol 25 mg and diltiazem 30 mg together?

Yes, however....: This combination of medicines both affect heart rate as they both target the av node. Many times serial ekgs will be used to make sure you are tolerating this combination. I will say that this combination (especially immediate release diltiazem) is unusual. ...Read more

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Does atenolol work similar to inderal (propranolol) like for aniexty?

Does atenolol work similar to inderal (propranolol) like for aniexty?

Largely: Both are beta blockers, which will help keep your heart from beating so forcefully and rapidly when you are anxious. Inderal, (propranolol) which crosses into the brain may have some additional effect on anxiety because it can be a little sedating. ...Read more

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My nose is very dry and I get pressure I take atenolol for BP what can I do to safely get to feelng better since im limited on what I can take?

My nose is very dry and I get pressure I take atenolol for BP what can I do to safely get to feelng better since im limited on what I can take?

Nasal irrigations: Nasal irrigations with warm salt water may relieve your dryness and should not affect your bp. If your house is too dry, a humidifier may help. A slight application of vaseline to the nostrils prevents cracking open of the nasal membranes. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for a heart failure patient to abruptly discontinue atenolol?

Is it dangerous for a heart failure patient to abruptly discontinue atenolol?

Yes: Stopping beta blockers (such as atenolol) can be dangerous due to a 'rebound' effect of unopposed activation of beta receptors. The beta blockers should be gradually discontinued if there is a need to. Thus being said, atenolol is probably not a great beta blocker to treat systolic heart failure; the best are bisoprolol, Carvedilol and metoprolol succinate. ...Read more

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I'm hypertensive on atenolol, plagerine and co-micardis. I'm weak, depressed and totally tired. Pls what can help with these side effects?

I'm hypertensive on atenolol, plagerine and co-micardis. I'm weak, depressed and totally tired. Pls what can help with these side effects?

Side effects: Those medications definitely have side effects that include depression and fatigue. I would recommend looking for the cause of the hypertension and addressing that. Causes may include: stress (psychological or physical from an infection or illness), heavy metal toxicity, renal artery stenosis, or magnesium or other vitamin/mineral deficiency. ...Read more

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What is the side effect of atenolol medicine and does it affect the sexual desire?

Yes, and ED: Atenolol is in the family of meds called beta-blockers. Atenolol is the member with the most side effects. It can cause wt gain, depression, ed, increases in blood sugar, etc. Beta-blockers should be avoided if you don't have heart disease. If you do, ask for bystolic (nebivolol). If you don't, ask to get off the beta-blockers asap. Don't stop, you should wean - talk to your dr. ...Read more

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How long does a beta blocker stay in your system? I took atenolol for a month, 25 mgs twice a day. I discontinued it 3weeks ago, asthma flared up!

Half life: Atenolol half life is about 6-7 hours. A few of days after stopping the medication, almost all of it is cleared. After 3 weeks, there should be no trace of this medication in your system. ...Read more

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How long do side effects from atenolol last?

How long do side effects from atenolol last?

Side effect: As long as you can tolerate it. Many time you get over the side effect. Very important to tell doctor so md can asses and give advice ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink while taking atenolol? I know the combination can make me more tired, but I don’t plan to drive. I just like to have a glass or two of wine some evenings. Is this safe?

Is it okay to drink while taking atenolol? I know the combination can make me more tired, but I don’t plan to drive. I just like to have a glass or two of wine some evenings. Is this safe?

Perhaps: The first question is why are you taking the atenolol? If for high blood pressure, a single serving of red wine 4 oz will ot interfere with the medication. If you are taking it for anxiety, tremor, cardiac arrhythmia, or headache, then there is a risk that the alcohol could have an adverse effect and over-ride the therapeutic effect of the atenolol. ...Read more

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What are the chances of organ damage due to overdose on atenolol. 6 tablets 100 mg?

What are the chances of organ damage due to overdose on atenolol. 6 tablets 100 mg?

Probably low: The chances of organ damage from 600mg of atenolol is probably low, in an adult of normal size and decent health. Reports of overdoses of atenolol mention doses in the ranges of 1000mg to 5000mg. The underlying health of the patient, such as any coexisting medical problems (kidney disease or other diseases) can make a difference if an accidental overdose is taken. ...Read more

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My dr says I should take atenolol 50mg twice a day is that too much I feel it is but my pressure has been running high?

My dr says I should take atenolol 50mg twice a day is that too much I feel it is but my pressure has been running high?

Probably not: Take it once a day. Watch your salt. Exercise and try to lose weight. If blood pressure still high, try to have another BP med added. Thanks. ...Read more

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I have mild Lvh1.3wall thknss and am on atenolol 25mg once a day for hbp my question is how many points does atenolol lower BP?

I have mild Lvh1.3wall thknss and am on atenolol 25mg once a day for hbp my question is how many points does atenolol lower BP?

5-10: You're on a small dose. 50-100 mg is often used. If you combine it with a mild diuretic like HCTZ, (hydrochlorothiazide) you get better results. Taken alone, 25 mg of atenolol isn't going to a have a very potent effect. You could make a case that an ACE-I would be better. Please see: http://circ. Ahajournals. Org/content/104/14/1582.full ...Read more

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Is atenolol a good drug?

Absolutely: If used for htn, angina, or cardiovascular event prevention after a heart attack. ...Read more

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Is atenolol good drug for bp?

Is atenolol good drug for bp?

Atenolol: Yes. It is used widely around the world for blood pressure control. It does come with some side effects but in most cases it is safe and appropriate. ...Read more

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What exactly does atenolol do?

Lower HR and BP: It is a beta blocker and it lowers the heart rate and reduces blood pressure. ...Read more

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