Atenolol for Anxiety
Atenolol (Tenormin®) is a prescription medicine approved for treating several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It is licensed to control high blood pressure, relieve chest pain associated with angina, and improve survival following a heart attack.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend atenolol for treating something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. Using this drug for anxiety treatment (including social phobia and performance anxiety) is considered to be an off-label use. Other off-label atenolol uses include:
- Treatment of arrhythmias (abnormal electrical activity in the heart)
- Hyperthyroidism treatment
- Migraine prevention
- Relief of alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
(Click What Is Atenolol Used For? to learn more about treating anxiety with atenolol, to find out how this drug works for high blood pressure and angina, and for information about the use of this medication in children.)