Atenolol is a beta-adrenaceptor antagonist, or a more commonly known as a beta blocker.
Normally used only in acute stress reactions, generalised anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. It is considered most effective in patients with somatic anxiety, and especially helps in the reduction of tremor and/or palpitations. The patient normally improves within 1-2 hours with relatively low doses.
Benefits Seen: One to two weeks.
Missed Dose: Take a missed dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule. Never Take a Double Dose!
If Stop Taking: Do not stop without consulting your doctor and never abruptly.
Overdose symptoms include: Many overdose cases concerning beta blockers are uneventful, but some patients do develop severe and occasionally fatal cardiovascular depression. Effects can include bradycardia, cardiac conduction block, hypotension, cardiac failure, and cardiogenic shock. Convulsions, coma, respirtory depression, and bronchoconstriction can also occur, although infrequently.
Do not use if:
Symptoms or Side EffectsMore common side effects may include: Dizziness, fatigue, nausea, slow heartbeat
Less common or rare side effects may include: Depression, diarrheoa, difficult or labored breathing, dizziness upon standing up, drowsiness, headache, heart failure, impotence, light-headedness, low blood pressure, penile deformity, periods of poor circulation in the fingers, psoriasis-like rash, red or purple spots on the skin, rapid heartbeat, slow heartbeat, sluggishness, temporary hair loss, tiredness, vertigo, wheezing, worsening of psoriasis
The most frequent and serious adverse effects of beta blockers is directly related to its ability to block beta receptors. The most serious adverse effects are heart failure, heart block, and bronchspasm. Other more minor side-effects include fatigue and coldness of extremities. Reactions tend to be more severe after intravenous injection as opposed to oral administration.
See doctor immediately if you have any of the following: