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
Cold hands and feet, Common: slowing of heart rate, Disturbed sleep.hypersensitivity reactions, Loose motion, Pain in muscles and sweating, Abnormal blood counts, Low blood pressure, Headaches, Confusion, Urge to vomit, Dizziness., Constipation, Feeling tired
How it works
Common side effects
- 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.