SALT INFORMATIONAtenolol(50 mg)
Atenolol is used to control high blood pressure (hypertension), prevent chest pain (angina), treat uneven heart beats (arrhythmias) and in the early treatment following a heart attack (myocardial infarction).
How it works
Atenolol belongs to class of medications called beta blockers. It acts by blocking receptors (beta-1 adrenergic receptor) in the heart and peripheral blood vessels resulting in slowing of heart rate and relaxing of blood vessels thereby lowering blood pressure. Atenolol reduces oxygen requirement at any level of activity making it useful for long-term management of heart attacks caused by restricted blood flow to the heart.
Common side effects
Diarrhoea, Nausea, Central nervous system depression, Fatigue, Cough, Fainting, Limb swelling, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Weight gain, Shortness of breath
Amlodipine is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and severe pain in chest.
How it works
Amlodipine belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blocker. It reduces the amount of calcium that enters the smooth muscles of the blood vessels and heart. As muscle cells require calcium to contract, reducing the flow of calcium causes the muscle cells to relax and blood vessels to dilate, reducing blood pressure, force and rate of the heartbeat. It improves blood and oxygen supply to the heart muscles.
Common side effects
Chest pain, Flushing, Abdominal pain, Fatigue, Headache, Lightheadedness, Stomach upset, Fainting, Limb swelling, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Palpitations
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you feel dizzy or tired while taking atenolol.
- Do not take double the dose to compensate for a forgotten dose. If you forget to take a dose of atenolol tablet, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time for your next dose.
- Consult your doctor if you experience slow pulse ,dizziness , confusion , depression and fever.
- Do not stop taking atenolol abruptly. Cessation should be done gradually over 7-14 days along with patient monitoring.
- This drug may cause increased sensitivity to cold.
- Monitor blood glucose level carefully. This drug may alter the blood glucose levels.
- Avoid sudden position changes to prevent hypotension.
- Do consult your doctor before taking atenolol, if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby, or are breast-feeding.
- Avoid or limit consumption of alcohol and smoking when taking atenolol.
Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
Q. Is amlodipine safe?
Amlodipine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is amlodipine safe during pregnancy?
Studies in animals have shown risk to fetus; however there are no sufficient studies in humans. This drug may be used in pregnant women if benefit outweighs the risk. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is amlodipine a diuretic/ blood thinner/ beta-blocker/ statin/ ACE inhibitor or a nitrate?
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker, not a diuretic, blood thinner, beta-blocker, statin, ACE inhibitor or a nitrate.
Q. Can I take amlodipine with Viagra?
Amlodipine does not have any significant interaction with sildenafil, the active ingredient of Viagra. However, consult your doctor before taking both the drugs together.
Q. Does amlodipine cause gout or coughing?
Amlodipine does not cause gout, in fact it can be taken by gout patients for the appropriate indication. Coughing is a very rare side effect of amlodipine.
Q. What is Eslo 2.5 or Amlopres-5 used for?
Eslo 2.5 or Amlopres-5 are some of the trade names of amlodipine and used for the same indications as amlodipine.