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Atenolol is the generic drug name for the brand Tenormin. Atenolol is available in strength of 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg in the form of tablets. It is also available in the form of injections. This is used in the treatment of hypertension and angina. It is also used in the treatment and prevention of heart attack. It can be taken alone or combine with diuretic therapy.
How to use
Usually the 50 mg tablet is recommended one per day. You will see improvement in your condition in about two week’s time. If the response to this tablet is not as expected the dosage can be increased to 100 mg. A dosage beyond this level will not be very useful in the treatment of hypertension. If the medication is taken for treating angina then the maximum dosage can be increased to up to 200 mg per day. For maximum and immediate effect the dosage can be given at the maximum for just one day and thereafter can be reduced to about 50% of the maximum dosage. It is necessary that you take this medication with a full glass of water. Do not stop taking Atenolol without the consent of your doctor. Checking the blood pressure regularly is a must when you are taking this medication. If you are planning for any surgery do inform the surgeon that you are taking Atenolol. For treating hypertension taking Atenolol is only a part of the program. You need to take control of your weight and diet too.
Do not take Atenolol when you are going for a surgery. Inform the doctor about taking Atenolol prior to surgery. Do not take any alcoholic content when you are on Atenolol. Any work that needs your most attention and alertness should be avoided when taking Atenolol. Do continue using Atenolol when using it for treating hypertension. Do not stop taking this medication in between. Do inform your doctor if you have problems like diabetes, low blood pressure, depression, thyroid disease, liver or kidney related problems. Overdose of Atenolol might lead to shortness of breath, weakness, seizure, irregular heartbeats, and dizziness.
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