Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Tenormin (Atenolol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack with fewer side effects than other beta blockers. You have to take it on an empty stomach, and you can't miss doses.
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› A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
› A first-choice treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
› At lower doses, Atenolol has fewer side effects than most beta blockers because it targets the heart and doesn't cross into the brain and central nervous system.
Downsides and risks
› You have to take 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 for some might not go away.
› Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
› You can't miss doses. Stopping Atenolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
› Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Take it on an empty stomach.
› Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
› Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
› Can cause fatigue and insomnia.
› Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.