Atenolol is an anti hypertensive medication used to control hypertension, relieve symptoms of angina and improve survival chances after heart attack. Atenolol belongs to cardio selective beta-adrenergic blocker, class of drugs and is available in form of tablets (25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg) for oral administration.
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Atenolol Action Mechanism
Atenolol executes its action by competing with sympatho-mimetic neurotransmitters to bind with beta (1)-adrenergic receptor present in heart and vascular smooth muscles and thereby inhibits sympathetic stimulation. As a result, Atenolol reverses the effects of stress hormones resulting in reduction of resting heart rate, cardiac output, systolic and diastolic blood pressure and reflex orthostatic hypotension.
Consult your medical professional before taking Atenolol, as its dosage depends upon your age, medical condition, other medications you might be using or any clinical history, if present. The usual recommended Atenolol dosage for treatment of angina or its symptoms in adults is 50 mg per day. The maximum recommended dosage of Atenolol should not exceed 200 mg per day and is usually prescribed to be taken at same time every day.
Do not take Atenolol if you
- Are allergic to any of its active or inactive components,
- Are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to undergo surgery,
- Suffer from heart or respiratory complications, kidney disease, depression, diabetes, psoriasis, hyperthyroidism or blood vessel disease.
Atenolol Side Effects
Common side effects of Atenolol include
- Anxiety or nervousness, tired feeling or insomnia,
- Decreased sex drive and impotence or difficulty having an orgasm.
While serious side effects of Atenolol include
- Shortness of breath, depression, light-headed feeling or fainting,
- Slow or uneven heartbeats , low fever, nausea or stomach pain,
- Loss of appetite, swelling of your ankles or feet,
- Dark urine, clay colored stools or jaundice.