If your doctor has prescribed Atenolol 50mg to you, you should not stop taking it without first consulting your doctor. Certain conditions may worsen and in some cases individuals have experienced chest pains, heart attacks, and irregular heartbeats from suddenly quitting the drug.
Should your doctor decide you take you off the drug, he or she may direct you to gradually decrease the drug dosage over one or two weeks. While gradually stopping the medication, temporarily limit physical activity to help decrease strain on your heart. You should get medical help immediately if you start getting chest pains, tightness, or pressure. Chest pain spreading to the jaw, neck or arm, unusual sweating, trouble breathing, or fast and irregular heartbeats should be reported immediately.
Side effects of taking Atenolol Tablet 50mg may include dizziness, lightheadedness, tiredness, and nausea. You can reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness by slowing rising when you are laying down or in a sitting position, but if these side effects continue over a longer period of time, or if they worsen, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Atenolol 50mg can also reduce blood flow to the hands and feet and may cause them to feel cold. Smoking while using the drug may also worsen side effect. Dress warmly and avoid smoking or tobacco use during this time.
Serious side effects
Most people who use Atenolol 50mg do not have extreme side effects, however you should tell your doctor right away if you notice very slow heartbeats, severe dizziness, fainting, difficulty breathing, blue fingers and toes, mental and mood changes, or extreme depression. Even though this medication is used for treating heart failure, some people may experience new or worsening symptoms of heart failure after taking the drug. If this is the case with you and you experience swollen ankles and feet, severe tiredness, shortness of breath, or unexplained/sudden weight gain, discuss it with your doctor right away.
Allergic reactions to the drug is rare as well, but if you notice any allergic symptoms after taking the drug, contact your doctor or pharmacist for help. Allergic reactions like rashes, itching, and swelling in the face, tongue, and throat, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing should be reported immediately.