Atenolol Drug Information
Atenolol (Tenormin®) is a medication commonly used for treating high blood pressure and symptoms of angina. It can also be used to improve survival following a heart attack. The medicine comes in tablet form and is available by prescription only.
Atenolol is a type of beta blocker that works by blocking a specific beta receptor called beta-1 receptors. By blocking beta-1 receptors, the medication causes the reverse effect of adrenaline. It decreases heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and the workload of the heart. This means that the heart requires less blood and oxygen to work properly.
In order to minimize risks while taking this drug, safety information should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins. You should let your healthcare provider know about any other existing medical conditions you have (as this medication is not suitable for everyone), including kidney disease, diabetes, or emphysema. Potential side effects of atenolol include cold hands and feet, dizziness, tiredness, and depression.
(Click Atenolol for more information on this drug, including dosing guidelines, warnings and precautions, and a list of the available forms and strengths.)