Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.
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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.
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- 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.
- 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.
Tenormin (atenolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart by slowing down the heart and making the heart pump better.
What to expect when you take Tenormin (atenolol) for Treatment after heart attackSkip what to expect section. Skip to Risks & Warnings section.
Side effect rates for Tenormin (atenolol)
- Low mood disorder
- Cold arms and legs
- Shortness of breath
- Low blood pressure on movement changes
- Leg pain
- Decreased energy
Risks and Warnings for Tenormin (atenolol)Skip risks section. Skip to common concerns section.
- Higher risk if:
- › Suddenly stopping Tenormin (atenolol)
Do not stop taking Tenormin (atenolol) suddenly without consulting your doctor if you have coronary artery disease, since chest pain (angina) can get worse or start a heart attack. Talk to your doctor first if you would like to stop this medication.
This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.