Compare Atenolol vs. Visken

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Tenormin
(atenolol)

Visken
(pindolol)

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.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Visken (pindolol) lowers high blood pressure and controls chest pain.
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Reviews for Atenolol
58%
of people (All ages) say Atenolol is worth it
48%
say it works well
16%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
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  • Tiredness 13%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Depression 3%
  • Cold arms and legs 7%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Shortness of breath 2%
  • Light-headedness 3%
  • Leg Pain 2%
  • Decreased energy 3%
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  • Muscle pain 2%
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Tiredness 4%
  • Nervousness 2%
  • Joint pain 3%
  • Swelling (edema) 5%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Weakness 3%
  • Muscle cramps 3%
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How it works
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Tenormin (atenolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart by slowing down the heart and making the heart pump better.Visken (pindolol) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down your heart rate, which helps the heart to pump blood with less effort.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
AtenololVisken
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
AtenololVisken
  • Suddenly stopping Tenormin (atenolol)
  • Taking calcium channel blockers
  • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Diabetes
  • Taking clonidine
Detailed Tenormin (atenolol) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart failure
  • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
  • Coronary artery disease
  • History of asthma
  • History of COPD
Detailed Visken (pindolol) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Sleep
AtenololVisken
No sleep related info.
  • Visken (pindolol) can cause dizziness, tiredness and muscle aches for a few days after starting this medicine.
Upsides and benefits
AtenololVisken
  • 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 and risks
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  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Raises good cholesterol.
  • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Tell your doctor if you notice dark urine or yellowing in your eyes or skin.
  • Visken (pindolol) can cause dizziness, tiredness and muscle aches for a few days after starting this medicine.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine and talk to your doctor if your blood pressure has not improved.
  • Visken (pindolol) can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful with this medication if you have diabetes.
  • Do not stop Visken (pindolol) suddenly without talking with your doctor first.
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