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Composition FOR A2

Atenolol(NA),Atorvastatin(NA)

food interaction for A2

alcohol interaction for A2

pregnancy interaction for A2

lactation interaction for A2

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alcohol
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There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Atenolol and alcohol may have additive effects in lowering your blood pressure. You may experience headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, and/or changes in pulse or heart rate.
Taking Atorvastatin with alcohol may increase the risk of liver damage.
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A2 tablet is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Human and animal studies have shown significant adverse effects on the foetus. Please consult your doctor.
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A2 tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
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SALT INFORMATION FOR A2

Atenolol(NA)

Uses

Atenolol is used in the treatment of angina, arrhythmias, heart attack and increased blood pressure .

How it works

Atenolol blocks the action of certain chemical messengers on the heart and blood vessels. This effect reduces heartbeat, blood pressure, and strain on the heart following a heart attack.

Common side effects

Nausea, Headache, Fatigue, Dizziness, Slow heart rate, Breathlessness, Diarrhoea, Palpitations, Abdominal pain, Constipation.
Atorvastatin(NA)

Uses

Atorvastatin is used in the treatment of increased cholesterol levels in blood, increased triglycerides levels in blood and increased ldl levels in blood.

How it works

Atorvastatin blocks an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. As a result, it lowers the level of cholesterol in the body.

Common side effects

Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Allergic reaction, Headache, Nausea, Dyspepsia, Nasopharyngitis, Increased liver enzymes, Increased creatine phosphokinase (CPK) level in blood, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Constipation, Joint swelling, Increased glucose level in blood.

SUBSTITUTES FOR A2

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Expert advice FOR A2

  • Atenolol may cause dizziness and lightheadedness. To avoid this, get up slowly after sitting or lying down.
  • The Atenolol may affect your blood sugar and cover up the symptoms of low blood sugar if you have diabetes.
  • Atenolol may reduce blood flow to your hands and feet, causing them to feel cold. Smoking may worsen this effect. Dress warmly and avoid the use of tobacco.
  • Consult your doctor whether to continue Atenolol before any scheduled surgery.
  • It is not the first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have a heart failure or heart disease.
  • Adults over the age of 65 may be at greater risk for the side-effects.

Frequently asked questions FOR A2

Atenolol

Q. What is betacard used for?
Betacard is a trade name for active drug atenolol. Atenolol belongs to a class of drugs called beta blockers and is used for its effect on the heart and peripheral blood vessels to lower elevated blood pressure, prevent chest pain, treat uneven heart beats and in the early treatment following a heart attack
Q. Is atenolol safe?
Yes. Atenolol is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor
Q. Is atenolol a diuretic/ blood thinner/ ACE inhibitor/ nitrate?
No. Atenolol is blood pressure lowering medication (beta-blocker) and used to treat few other heart diseases. It has no known effect on increasing the urine output or fluidity of blood. It is not an ACE inhibitor or nitrate
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Q. Is atenolol a narcotic?
No. Atenolol is not a narcotic medicine. It belongs to a class of drugs called beta blockers and is used for its effect on the heart and peripheral blood vessels to lower elevated blood pressure, prevent chest pain, treat uneven heart beats and in the early treatment following a heart attack
Q. Is atenolol cardioselective/ selective/ non-selective?
Yes. Atenolol selectively blocks receptors called beta-1 adrenergic receptor in the heart and is therefore called a cardio selective drug.

Atorvastatin

Q. Is atorvastatin used for lowering cholesterol?
Atorvastatin belongs to a group of medicines known as statins, which are lipid (fat) lowering medicines. It is used to lower lipids known as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood when a low-fat diet and lifestyle changes on their own have failed. If you are at an increased risk of heart disease, atorvastatin can also be used to reduce such risk even if your cholesterol levels are normal. You should maintain a standard cholesterol-lowering diet during treatment.
Q. Is atorvastatin diuretic?
Atorvastatin is not a diuretic. It is a lipid lowering agent which belongs to a group of medicines known as statins.
Q. It atorvastatin gluten free?
Yes. It is gluten free. Please refer to the package insert of the prescribed brand before use for complete information on its contents.
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Q. Is atorvastatin better than simvastatin and pravastatin?
Atorvastatin, simvastatin, and pravastatin belong to the same category of medications with similar action and similar side effects, but their effect may vary upon individual response. Always consult your doctor regarding its use.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause diabetes?
Diabetes has not been reported as a side effect of atorvastatin. However, it may increase your blood sugar levels. So, it is very important that you monitor your blood sugar levels regularly if you are taking atorvastatin. Also, share with your doctor if you have diabetes mellitus and you are advised to take atorvastatin as your doctor will monitor you while you are taking this medicine.
Q. Does atorvastatin reduce triglycerides?
Atorvastatin belongs to a group of medicines known as statins, which are lipid (fat) lowering medicines. Atorvastatin is used to lower lipids known as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood when a low-fat diet and lifestyle changes on their own have failed.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause weight loss?
Atorvastatin has not been reported to cause weight loss. However, weight gain has been reported as an uncommon side effect. Please consult your doctor if you experience weight loss while you are taking atorvastatin.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause erectile dysfunction?
Atorvastatin can cause erectile dysfunction although this side effect is not very clear. Please consult your doctor if you experience erectile dysfunction while you are taking atorvastatin.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a common side effect of atorvastatin. Please consult your doctor if you experience diarrhea after taking atorvastatin as the dose of your medicine may need to be changed.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause memory loss?
Loss of memory is an uncommon side effect of atorvastatin, which may affect up to 1 in 100 people. Please consult your doctor if you experience any symptoms of memory loss after taking atorvastatin.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause frequent urination?
Atorvastatin has not been reported to cause frequent urination. Please consult your doctor if you experience increased urinary frequency after taking atorvastatin.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause high blood pressure?
Atorvastatin has not been reported to cause high blood pressure. Please consult your doctor if you experience any symptoms of high blood pressure while taking atorvastatin.
Q. Is atorvastatin a blood thinner?
Atorvastatin is not a blood thinner. Atorvastatin is a lipid lowering agent which belongs to a group of medicines known as statins.
Q. Is atorvastatin safe to take?
Atorvastatin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is atorvastatin a beta blocker?
Atorvastatin is not a beta blocker. Atorvastatin is a lipid lowering agent which belongs to a group of medicines known as statins.
Q. Is atorvastatin and atorvastatin calcium the same?
Atorvastatin is a prescription medicine used to treat high cholesterol. It is marketed in the form of a calcium salt as atorvastatin calcium trihydrate.
Q. Is atorvastatin a controlled substance?
Atorvastatin is not a controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). Controlled substances are drugs that are strictly regulated to reduce the risk of abuse and illegal distribution. To determine the level of restriction placed on a particular controlled substance, five different categories (or "Schedules") are used. A controlled substance will belong to Schedule I, II, III, IV, or V, with Schedule V being the least restricted.
Q. Is atorvastatin an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor?
Atorvastatin is not an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. Atorvastatin is a lipid lowering agent which belongs to a group of medicines known as statins.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with metformin?
Atorvastatin can be taken with metformin. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with ibuprofen?
Atorvastatin can be taken with ibuprofen. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with milk?
No information is available for the use of atorvastatin with milk. However, it can be taken any time of the day, with or without food. Please consult your doctor.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with fenofibrate?
Both fenofibrate and atorvastatin have similar effects and they may increase the effects of each other. Fenofibrate may also increase side effects like risk for rhabdomyolysis (condition in which damaged skeletal muscle breaks down rapidly). Monitoring is required when these two drugs are taken together. Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with alcohol?
It is not recommended to take atorvastatin with alcohol as it may increase the risk of liver damage. Please consult your doctor before taking atorvastatin with alcohol.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with levothyroxine?
Atorvastatin can be taken with levothyroxine. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with amlodipine?
Atorvastatin can be taken with amlodipine. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with erythromycin?
Erythromycin can increase the level or effect of atorvastatin by decreasing its breakdown which may lead to increased side effects like muscle weakness (myopathy). So, close monitoring is required when these two drugs are taken together. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with metronidazole?
Metronidazole can increase the level or effect of atorvastatin by decreasing its breakdown which may lead to increased side effects like muscle weakness (myopathy) with atorvastatin. So, close monitoring is required when these two drugs are taken together. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with clarithromycin?
Clarithromycin can increase the level or effect of atorvastatin by decreasing its breakdown which may lead to increased side effects like muscle weakness (myopathy) with atorvastatin. So, close monitoring is required when these two drugs are taken together. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause gas?
Flatulence (gas or wind) is one of the common side effects associated with the use of atorvastatin. If you have any such symptom while taking the drug, consult your doctor.
Q. Does atorvastatin lower blood pressure?
Atorvastatin is a lipid-lowering drug used in the treatment of increased cholesterol levels and for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. However, a meta-analysis of different clinical trial shows that atorvastatin has a small blood pressure lowering effect.
Q. Does atorvastatin affect the liver?
Atorvastatin is associated rarely with hepatobiliary disorders. Its use is also linked with abnormal liver function test and hence a periodic test of the liver functions is recommended.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause itching?
Atorvastatin use has been associated with urticaria (itching) and skin rash. If you experience any such symptom while using the drug, consult your doctor.
Q. Does atorvastatin thin blood?
Atorvastatin is not a blood-thinner. It is a lipid-lowering agent and acts by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase enzyme.
Q. What is atorvastatin?
Atorvastatin is a lipid-lowering drug which belongs to group of medications called statins (lipid-lowering agents) or HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. It acts by blocking the enzyme HMG CoA reductase and formation of cholesterol, thus, lowering the blood lipid levels.

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Content on this page was last updated on 08 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)