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 241 131
High blood pressure (hypertension) 148 51
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 142 73
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 32
Mild 47
None 235

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atenolol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 19
Tiredness 11
Dizziness 10
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 9
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 6
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 4

Show all 55 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atenolol

Dosage Patients Percentage
25 mg daily 39
50 mg daily 35
100 mg daily 8
25 mg twice daily 5
50 mg twice daily 5
100 mg twice daily 2
0.5 mg daily 1
12.5 mg daily 1
75 mg daily 1
25mg as needed 1

See all 11 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Atenolol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 72
Side effects too severe 34
Other 31
Did not seem to work 23
Course of treatment ended 10
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 1
See all 143 patients who've stopped taking Atenolol

Duration

Currently taking Atenolol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 51

Stopped taking Atenolol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 299
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 295
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 172
Not specified 157

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atenolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Propranolol (Inderal) 10
Bisoprolol (Concor Cor) 2
Diltiazem (Cartia XT) 2
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 2
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 2

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Atenolol and switched to:

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

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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32 patient evaluations for Atenolol

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

Aug 1, 2017 (Started Nov 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Nov 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Need to increase to twice per day per Dr. Will do so as soon as I can afford it again.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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