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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.Coming soon.
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Side effects
  • Tiredness 13%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Low mood disorder 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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How it works
Tenormin (Atenolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart by slowing down the heart and making the heart pump better.Coming soon.
Type of medication
Prescription only
Available as
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
  • Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
  • Suddenly stopping Tenormin (Atenolol)
    • Taking calcium channel blockers
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
    • Diabetes
      • Taking clonidine
      Detailed Tenormin (Atenolol) risks & warnings »
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      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.

      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

      Upsides and benefits
      • 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.
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      Downsides and risks
      • 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.
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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      • 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.
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