What is Atenolol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Tenormin Atenol Apo-Atenol Show all

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

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Elevated blood pressure 232 86
Hypertension 118 37
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 101 53
Migraine headaches 27 15
POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) 26 15
General health 21 5

Show all 78 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 18
Moderate 29
Mild 32
None 176

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atenolol

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 17
Tiredness 9
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 8
Dizziness 6
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 6
Low blood pressure 5

Show all 46 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atenolol

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 39
50 mg daily 32
100 mg daily 8
50 mg twice daily 5
25 mg twice daily 4
100 mg twice daily 2
12.5 mg daily 1
75 mg daily 1
25mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Atenolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 66
Side effects too severe 29
Other 21
Did not seem to work 19
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 1
See all 124 patients who’ve stopped taking Atenolol

Duration

Currently taking Atenolol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 45

Stopped taking Atenolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 13
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 230
Usually 16
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 223
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 140
Not specified 112

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atenolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Propranolol (Inderal) 7
Bisoprolol (Concor Cor) 1
Candesartan (Atacand) 1
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 1
Diltiazem (Cardizem) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Atenolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 4
Losartan (Cozaar) 3
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 3
Carvedilol (Coreg) 2
Diltiazem (Cardizem) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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28 patient evaluations for Atenolol

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FibroMom63
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FibroMom63
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F53y
FM:14y Dx
CFS:25y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See FibroMom63's full Atenolol history

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Nov 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Tachycardia (fast heart rate))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Elevated blood pressure)
  • 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
bindi
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bindi
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 75
Condition: Hypertension 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Hypertension

See bindi's full Atenolol history

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jan 09, 1985)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Hypertension)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
patio
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patio
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See patio's full Atenolol history

Nov 17, 2015 (Started Aug 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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