Atenolol Tablet 50mg is a selective drug that belongs to the group of beta blockers which are used primarily for treating cardiovascular diseases. It was first introduced in 1976 and developed as a replacement for propranolol in the treatment of hypertension. Atenolol does not pass through the blood-brain barrier in order to avoid various central nervous system side effects. It blocks the action of natural chemicals in the body, like epinephrine, and in the heart and blood vessels. The effect of taking this drug is a lower heart rate and blood pressure and less stress on the heart.
It is a prescription-only drug.
How does it work?
Chemicals in Atenolol Tablet 50mg work by slowing down the heart and reducing its workload. Atenolol 50mg may be prescribed to you with or without other medications to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps decrease the risk of strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Atenolol 50mg may also be prescribed for treating chest pains (angina) and for improving survival after a heart attack.
Atenolol may be prescribed by your healthcare professional for treating irregular heartbeats, heart failure, prevention of migraine headaches, and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
How to take Atenolol Tablets
Atenolol Tablet 50mg should be taken once a twice a day by mouth and with or without food as directed by your healthcare provider. Avoid drinking apple or orange juice within four hours of taking atenolol because these juices prevent your body from fully absorbing Atenolol.
The dosage that your doctor prescribes to you will be based on your medical condition and in response to your treatment. Remember to continue taking this medication even on the days when you feel well so that it can have a proper, well-rounded effect. It may take up to one or two weeks for you to get the full benefit of this medication. However, if your condition does not improve, or if it worsens, after a week of taking the medication, consult your doctor.