In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02231733 ||SANDOZ ATENOLOL 100MG TABLET|
|02231731 ||SANDOZ ATENOLOL 50MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Atenolol belongs to a class of medications called beta-blockers. It is used to lower high blood pressure and to prevent the symptoms of angina (chest pain). It works by reducing the demands put on the heart.
Atenolol is often used in combination with other high blood pressure medications such as diuretics (water pills) when the use of one medication by itself is not enough to control blood pressure.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of atenolol ranges from 50 mg to 100 mg once daily depending on circumstances. If you have reduced kidney function you may need much lower doses. The full effect of the medication is usually reached within 1 to 2 weeks. If blood pressure is not reduced sufficiently after this time, your doctor may increase the dose of the medication or add another blood pressure-lowering medication. If satisfactory results are not seen within 1 week for treatment of angina, your doctor may increase the dose of atenolol.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
This medication is available as 50 mg and 100 mg tablets.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to atenolol or any ingredients of the medication
- have a condition known as pheochromocytoma (in the absence of alpha-blockade)
- have a condition known as right ventricular failure caused by pulmonary hypertension
- have a condition known as "sick sinus syndrome"
- have a very slow heart rate
- have congestive heart failure
- have metabolic acidosis
- have serious heart block (second- or third-degree AV block)
- have severe peripheral arterial disorders (blockage of blood flow to limbs of body)
- have very low blood pressure