Following a heart attack, atenolol is given in the hospital through an intravenous line (IV). Your healthcare provider may then recommend continuing the medication following discharge from the hospital. The specific dose of atenolol your healthcare provider recommends can vary based on a number of factors.
Some considerations for people taking atenolol include:
- Your atenolol dosage should be taken by mouth with a glass of water.
- Atenolol may be taken with or without food.
- Make sure to take your dose at the same time each day to maintain even levels of the medicine in your blood.
- For atenolol to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medication will not work if you take in a way other than how your healthcare provider has prescribed.
- If you have kidney disease or failure, or are over the age of 65, your healthcare provider may start you on a lower dose of atenolol.
- If you do not take your atenolol as scheduled, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with normal dosing. Do not take a double dose.
- You should not stop taking atenolol without first discussing it with your healthcare provider. Stopping the medication abruptly increases the risk of serious side effects (see Warnings and Precautions With Atenolol).
- If you are unsure about anything related to atenolol or your dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.