Compare Atenolol vs. Visken

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Tenormin (atenolol)

Prescription only

Visken (pindolol)

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.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 457 reviewsforAtenolol
Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

Visken (pindolol) lowers high blood pressure and controls chest pain.

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.
  • Visken (pindolol) works well to reduce heart rate and help control blood pressure.
  • Visken (pindolol) can cause less low pressure and dizziness than other beta-blockers.
  • Available as generic.
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.
  • Taking Visken (pindolol) can make you tired or out of breath. This gets better with most people.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Visken (pindolol) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up quickly, which can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Visken (pindolol) can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. People with diabetes should watch their blood sugar carefully.
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Reviews
457 reviews so far
58%
saidit'sworth it
48%
saiditworked well
16%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
17possible 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%
  • Decreased energy
    3%
  • Vivid dreams
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Wheeziness
    3%
  • Feeling off balance
    2%
  • Drowsiness
    2%
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9possible side effects
  • Muscle pain
    10%
  • Dizziness
    9%
  • Tiredness
    8%
  • Nervousness
    7%
  • Joint pain
    7%
  • Swelling (edema)
    6%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Weakness
    4%
  • Muscle cramps
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Heart attack or increased chest pain
    • Suddenly stopping Tenormin (atenolol)
  • Heart failure
  • Slowing heart rate
    • Taking calcium channel blockers
  • Increased risks during surgery
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Masked symptoms of overactive thyroid
  • Increased risk of rebound high blood pressure
    • Taking clonidine
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  • Heart failure
    • History of heart failure
  • Heart attack or increased chest pain
    • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
    • Coronary artery disease
  • Lung disease or trouble breathing
    • History of asthma
    • History of COPD
  • Increased risks during major surgery
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Masked symptoms of overactive thyroid
    • Hyperthyroidism
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