Compare Atenolol vs. Lisinopril
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Tenormin (atenolol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating a heart attack. It has fewer side effects than other beta blockers. You need to take it on an empty stomach and you can't skip doses.
Zestril (lisinopril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.
- A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
- A first-choice treatment for heart attack recovery.
- At lower doses, Tenormin (atenolol) has fewer side effects than other beta blockers because it targets the heart and not other parts of the body.
- A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
- Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
- Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
- Very cheap drug, and comes available as a liquid for children over 6 years of age.
- You need to take Tenormin (atenolol) on an empty stomach.
- Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but it might not go away for others.
- Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure unless you have heart disease. However, your doctor could add it to other medicines you're already if your blood pressure is still too high.
- You can't miss or skip doses. If you stop Tenormin (atenolol) suddenly, it can cause your blood pressure to go up really quickly, raising your risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Tenormin (atenolol) can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
- Up to 10% of people can get a dry cough while using this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
- Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
- Zestril (lisinopril) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant.
- Doesn't work as well in people of African descent, and can cause a greater chance of face, tongue, or lip swelling.
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- Cold arms and legs12%
- Shortness of breath6%
- Low blood pressure on movement changes4%
- Slower heartbeat3%
- Leg Pain3%
- Low blood pressure5%
- Heart attack or increased chest pain
Suddenly stopping Tenormin (atenolol)
- Slowing heart rate
Taking calcium channel blockers
- Increased risks during surgery
Major surgery requiring anesthesia
- Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
- Increased risk of rebound high blood pressure
- Harm to fetus
Women of childbearing age
- Swelling of face and head
- High potassium
Current kidney problems
...and 2 more risk factors
- Worsening kidney problems
History of kidney problems
- Low blood pressure
Taking with alcohol
...and 1 more risk factors