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Dr. Stanley Berger
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Tenormin (Overview)

Tenormin is a beta blocker which is a kind of rhythm control drug (cardiovascular drug).


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I also know there's common side effects of tenormin (atenolol). What are they?

I also know there's common side effects of tenormin (atenolol). What are they?

Many, generally mild: Slow heart rate, worsening of heart failure, potentiation of asthma and hypokalemia and low blood sugar. Fatigue, sexual dysfunction are probably overstated. May have withdrawal if stopped suddenly. Potential for mild weight gain. ...Read more

Dr. Stanley Berger
379 doctors shared insights

Tenormin (Overview)

Tenormin is a beta blocker which is a kind of rhythm control drug (cardiovascular drug).


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How does Tenormin (atenolol) work ?

How does Tenormin (atenolol) work ?

Blocks adrenalin: Tenormin (atenolol) is a beta blocker. It blocks receptors that allow for a higher pulse rate and blocks the response to the body's own adrenalin. You get a slower pulse and less tremor. It is obviously more complicated than this, but this is the basics. ...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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Is it true that long-term use of Tenormin (atenolol) causes diabetes?

Is it true that long-term use of Tenormin (atenolol) causes diabetes?

Probably not: Tenormin (atenolol) is a blood pressure medication available generically that has been around for a very long time. It has a lot of possible side effects but to my knowledge diabetes is not one of them. ...Read more

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I take a tablet called tenormin (atenolol).Is it safe?

I take a tablet called tenormin (atenolol).Is it safe?

Yes: Properly prescribed and in the right settings and conditions, this is a very safe and effective medication. It has many uses. As with all medications, there are side effects and some will have unusual and "idiosyncratic" reactions to the medication. If you have concerns, speak openly and frankly with your prescribing doctor or discuss with a pharmacist/pharm. D. ...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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What is the side effect of atenolol medicine and does it affect the sexual desire?

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

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