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Dr. Stanley Berger
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Atenolol (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is it safe to take atenolol if im pregnant?

Is it safe to take atenolol if im pregnant?

Yes, but: In women who have chronic hypertension complicating pregnancy, they are sometimes maintained on beta-blocker blood pressure medications. The hypertension and the medication used to treat it can affect the growth of the fetus, so it is a balancing act of treating your BP appropriately and using the least amount of medication possible. Please discuss further with your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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I strongly believe i may be pregnant. Too soon for a + test result. My biggest concern is i take atenolol and trazodne . I fear taking these a lot!?

I strongly believe i may be pregnant. Too soon for a + test result. My biggest concern is i take atenolol and trazodne . I fear taking  these a lot!?

Stop both: If you may be pregnant, you should stop both and are, hopefully , already taking Folic Acid supplements (if not, start immediately). Atenolol is class d (unsafe) in pregnancy. Trazodone is class c (safety is unknown). A substitute for atenolol, if you need it, is Acebutolol which is class b (no human studies in the 1st trimester but probably safe, ok in 2nd and 3rd trimesters). Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take prenatal vitamins even if i'm not pregnant? I also take atenolol 25mg & levothyroxine 50mg & adipex37.5mg. 38yr old female 140lbs.

Is it safe to take prenatal vitamins even if i'm not pregnant? I also take atenolol 25mg & levothyroxine 50mg & adipex37.5mg. 38yr old female 140lbs.

Most likely yes.: As long as they are from a reputable source, prenatal vitamins are safe and have limited interactions with most medications. They are certainly safe if you are not pregnant and are not allergic to its contents (rare). I am unaware of any interactions with your synthroid (thyroxine) or atenolol. I do not prescribe adipex and would recommend you confirm this with the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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I may be about 3 weeks pregnant- i take 12.5 mg atenolol bid - should I stop its for high hr (pots) did i already harm baby? Also had norflex (orphenadrine) & motrin

No: You likely haven't harmed the baby, though you should see doctor and see if has another recommendation. Most cardiologists are going to recommend metoprolol in pregnancy for elevated heart rate control. It's in the same class of medications but better for pregnant women. Make sure you have appointment right away, either with doctor who prescribed you the atenolol, or with an ob/gyn, don't wait! ...Read more

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Can I take ic atenolol at 11 weeks of pregnancy to prevent pre-eclampsia? Blood pressure is normal, Cardiac output at the top of normal scale, HR 85.

Pregnancy and BP: Pre-eclampsia features protein in the urine and high blood pressure. Atenolol is a very good BP lowering medication but is not a first choice medication in pregnancy. Labetalol is safer. Preventing pre-eclampsia requires careful diet, low salt, rest, and low stress. Talk to your obstetrician about taking aspirin also. Don't take any medication without OB clearance. ...Read more

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Bp 140/66 , 28 weeks pregnant with twins and chronic hypertension, took atenalol and aspirin today is this Bp normal?

Bp 140/66 , 28 weeks pregnant with twins and chronic hypertension,  took atenalol and aspirin today is this Bp normal?

That depends: On what your blood pressure measurements have been prior. If this is much higher than it had been (and I suggest you repeat that) then you need to call your OB to be more closely monitored. If you have headache, blurred vision, nausea/vomiting and sudden swelling of face hands or feet, you need to be evaluated immediately. Notify your OB right now if you have these symptoms and then go to L and D ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Stanley Berger
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