Several strengths of generic atenolol are available, sold under the name Atenolol tablets. A few of the companies that manufacture the drug include Sandoz, Mylan Laboratories, and Watson Pharmaceuticals. As with the brand-name version, the generic version of atenolol is used to lower blood pressure and minimize problems following a heart attack.
Atenolol (Tenormin®) is a prescription medication that is used for lowering blood pressure (hypertension), relieving angina symptoms, and improving the chances of survival after a heart attack. The medication may also be used "off-label" for other reasons, such as treating migraines or anxiety.
Atenolol is part of a class of medicines called beta-adrenergic blocking agents, or beta blockers for short. The medicine helps to block a specific type of beta receptor called beta-1 receptors. By blocking beta-1 receptors, atenolol causes the reverse effect of adrenaline. It decreases heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as the workload of the heart, which means the heart requires less blood and oxygen to work properly.
Atenolol was originally developed by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. The patent has since expired and generic atenolol is now available.
Generic atenolol is sold under the name Atenolol tablets and is available in several strengths, including:
- Atenolol 25 mg
- Atenolol 50 mg
- Atenolol 100 mg.
Generic atenolol is currently manufactured by a number of companies, including but not limited to:
- Mylan Laboratories
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- Watson Pharmaceuticals.