Some general considerations for when and how to take atenolol include the following:
- Atenolol comes in a tablet form and is usually taken once a day. It can be taken with or without food.
- The medication should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the drug to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Atenolol will not work if you stop taking it.
- You should not stop taking atenolol without talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping it abruptly increases the risk of serious side effects (see Warnings and Precautions With Atenolol).
The dose of atenolol your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Atenolol Dose for more information.)
Atenolol can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Atenolol for more information).
People who take too much atenolol may have overdose symptoms that could include but are not limited to:
- Extremely low blood pressure
- A severe decrease in heart rate (bradycardia)
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Congestive heart failure
- Difficulty breathing.
If you happen to overdose on this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Atenolol Overdose for more information.)