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Atenolol blocks the effects of adrenaline, the hormone that causes the heart to beat faster. Beta-blockers slow down the heartbeat and make it work harder, which can lead to lower blood pressure.
Hypertension and heart problems are caused by many factors such as family history, a diet high in salt, or being overweight, or being inactive.
To prevent serious conditions such as stroke, heart attack, or blood clots, it is recommended to make lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, drinking less, and exercising more.
You can swallow the tablets whole by drinking water with or without food. To help you remember, it is best to take the tablet at the same time every day.
The usual dosage for high blood pressure is 100mg once daily. However, your doctor may recommend a lower dose in the case of elderly patients or people with severe kidney disease. The amount of Atenolol you take for heart rhythm or angina will vary. You should always consult your doctor.
You should remember to take your Atenolol tablets if you are late. If this happens, skip the missed dose and go straight to the next one. Do not increase your dose to make up the difference.
You should not take more Atenolol than you need. Contact your nearest emergency department or doctor immediately. An overdose can cause a drop in heart rate and blood pressure as well as tightening of the chest.
you are allergic to any of the other ingredients of this medicine or allergic to any other medicine;
you experience symptoms such as wheezing, swelling of the face, tongue or throat, intense itching or severe skin rashes with previous treatment;
you are pregnant, trying to be pregnant or breastfeeding;
you have diabetes, heart failure, kidney disorder or liver disorder;
you are taking treatment with a blood pressure-lowering medicine containing aliskiren;
you are having dialysis or any other type of blood filtration;
you are taking any prescription, non-prescription or herbal medicine;
you have abnormally increased levels of a hormone called aldosterone in your blood;
you have a collagen vascular disease;
you are on a salt-restricted diet;
you are having surgery, including dental surgery; or
you are to undergo anaesthesia and a major surgery or LDL aphaeresis.
Like any other medicine, Atenolol may cause the following side effects:
shortness of breath;
difficulty breathing or swallowing;
swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs;
weight gain; or
If any of these or other side effects persist or worsen, then consult your doctor immediately.
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