What is Atenolol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Atenolol, a beta blocker, is used to treat hypertension, alone or in combination with other agents. It has also been used for acute alcohol withdrawal, certain cardiac arrhythmias, and prevention of migraine headache.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Elevated blood pressure 241 134
High blood pressure (hypertension) 147 50
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 145 76
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome 29 17
Migraine headaches 28 15

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 19
Moderate 34
Mild 47
None 238

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atenolol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 20
Tiredness 11
Dizziness 10
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 9
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 6
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atenolol

Dosage Patients Percentage
25 mg daily 30
50 mg daily 25
100 mg daily 9
25 mg twice daily 4
50 mg twice daily 3
75 mg daily 2
100 mg twice daily 2
50 mg three times daily 1
25mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Atenolol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 72
Side effects too severe 34
Other 32
Did not seem to work 24
Course of treatment ended 10
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Atenolol

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 37

Stopped taking Atenolol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 23
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 304
Usually 22
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 300
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 174
Not specified 160

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atenolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Propranolol (Inderal) 10
Verapamil (Verapamil ER) 3
Bisoprolol (Concor Cor) 2
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 2
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 2

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Atenolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 6
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 5
Propranolol (Inderal) 5
Losartan (Cozaar) 4
Lisinopril (Zestril) 3

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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32 patient evaluations for Atenolol

Mar 15, 2019 (Started May 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restlessness (akathisia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: I went into the hospital and they monitor my heart. They and I notice I had an irregular heartbeat and it would be worse when my heart would so down. They took me off of Atenolol and being off of Atenolol I would have tachycardia (fast heart rate) but no irregular heartbeat.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 29, 2017 (Started May 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restlessness (akathisia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I take Atenolol only when I need it for an internal restlessness (akathisia), which makes me want to get up and move. It works GREAT, when I start feeling the restlessness coming on I take two to four Atenolol tablets and soon the restlessness is gone.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 20, 2017 (Started Jul 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for essential tremor)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 31, 2017 (Started Aug 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Aug 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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