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Tenormin (atenolol)

Prescription only

Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

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.

4.9/ 7 average rating with 457 reviewsforAtenolol
Prevents seizures and migraine headaches.

Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) is useful for preventing seizures and migraines, and doesn't require blood tests while you're on it.

4.4/ 7 average rating with 56 reviewsforTopamax
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Used on its own or with other antiepileptic medicines to lower the frequency of seizures, especially for people with tonic-clonic or partial seizures, or Lennox-Gestaut syndrome.
  • Helpful in preventing frequent migraine headaches.
  • Doesn't need routine blood tests.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Can cause sleepiness, speech problems, tingling sensations, and weight loss.
  • A few people will get kidney stones.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
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Dosage forms
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  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
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Reviews
457 
58%
think this treatment is worth it
48%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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56 
52%
think this treatment is worth it
50%
think this treatment works well
36%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Tiredness
    26%
  • Dizziness
    13%
  • Cold arms and legs
    12%
  • Depression
    12%
  • Fatigue
    6%
  • Shortness of breath
    6%
  • Low blood pressure on movement changes
    4%
  • Slower heartbeat
    3%
  • Leg Pain
    3%
  • Light-headedness
    3%
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10possible side effects
  • Somnolence
    28%
  • Dizziness
    25%
  • Ataxia
    16%
  • Nervousness
    16%
  • Fatigue
    15%
  • Speech disorders/Related speech problems
    13%
  • Psychomotor slowing
    13%
  • Vision abnormal
    13%
  • Difficulty with memory
    12%
  • Paresthesia
    11%
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Risks and warnings
  • 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

    Diabetes

  • Increased risk of rebound high blood pressure

    Taking clonidine

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  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    History of depression

  • Uncontrolled body temperature

    Children

  • Mental changes due to high ammonia

    History of metabolic disorders

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Kidney stones

    Low-carb diet

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal seizures

    Stopping Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) suddenly

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