Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking atenolol capsules. In particular, talk to your health care providers in case of allergic reactions.
If you are taking other medicines, or you think you may need to use an alternative form of atenolol capsules, always remember to ask your doctor’s opinion first. In these cases it’s useful to keep with you a list of all the drugs you are taking. Talk to him before starting any new cure as well, vitamins and natural products included.
If your condition does not improve or becomes worse, then call your health care providers. Never use this medicine for a longer period of time than you have been told by your doctor.
Driving or operating machinery should be avoided, as it may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Do not drive or perform any risky tasks unless you are sure about how it will affect you and how you might react to it.
Indications and Usage
Take atenolol exactly as prescribed by your doctor, who may have to change the dosage for some time to get the best result for you. Do not take this medicine for a longer or shorter time or in a larger or shorter amount than the suggested one. While taking atenolol, your blood pressure may need to be checked often.
If you need a surgery, tell your doctor in advance that you are taking this medication, as you may need to stop the treatment for some time.
Keep taking atenolol until the prescribed time is done even if your symptoms improve, as stop using it suddenly may make your conditions worse. Especially do it if you are treating high blood pressure, since blood pressure often has no symptoms.
Your conditions may need to be cured through a mix of different medicines: use all of them exactly as suggested by your doctor, pharmacist or health care specialist.
Administration and Dosage
The dose may be decided depending on your age, condition, response to the treatment, weight or other medical conditions you have. The dosage may also depend on the problem you are going to treat. Do always consult your doctor to decide the daily amount of atenolol you have to take daily.
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise.
Usual dose for adults is:
- For hypertension: 50 to 100mg orally once a day;
- For angina pectoris prophylaxis: 50 to 200mg orally once a day;
- For angina pectoris: 50 to 200mg orally once a day;
- For myocardial infarction: 50mg orally twice a day or 100mg orally once a day.
Follow your doctor’s instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Do not take atenolol if you are taking mibefradil. There are 34 major drugs that are known to interact with atenolol. For a comprehensive list of drugs you don’t have to mix with atenolol, talk to your doctor.
If you take a larger dose than you should take, tell your doctor, pharmacist or health care specialist promptly even if you don’t feel bad. Bring with you the container and tell them about the amount you took and related timing. If you have symptoms like weakness, very slow heartbeat, shortness of breath or fainting, seek emergency medical attention.
Adverse Reactions and Precautions
If you are allergic to atenolol, do not take it. If you have serious heart conditions, slow heartbeats, heart failure, coronary heart diseases, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, overactive thyroid, liver, kidney or peripheral vascular diseases, allergies or a tumor of the adrenal gland, inform your doctor in advance to make sure that atenolol is safe for you.
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or you are trying to get pregnant, do not use atenolol as it may harm you and your unborn baby. If you are younger than 18 years old, avoid taking atenolol.
No adverse reactions have been reported.