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 241 101
High blood pressure (hypertension) 136 46
Fast heart rate (tachycardia) 121 62
Migraine headaches 29 16
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome 27 16
General health 21 5

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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
Severe 18
Moderate 31
Mild 37
None 204

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atenolol

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 19
Tiredness 9
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 8
Dizziness 6
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 6
Low blood pressure 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atenolol

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 46
50 mg daily 39
100 mg daily 11
50 mg twice daily 7
100 mg twice daily 3
12.5 mg daily 2
25 mg twice daily 2
25mg as needed 2
1 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Atenolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 69
Side effects too severe 30
Other 24
Did not seem to work 22
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 1
See all 131 patients who've stopped taking Atenolol

Duration

Currently taking Atenolol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 54

Stopped taking Atenolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 261
Usually 18
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 6
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 258
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 156
Not specified 131

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atenolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Propranolol (Inderal) 7
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 3
Diltiazem (Cardizem) 2
Bisoprolol (Concor Cor) 1
Candesartan (Atacand) 1

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Atenolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 5
Losartan (Cozaar) 4
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 3
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 2
Carvedilol (Coreg) 2

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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30 patient evaluations for Atenolol

May 29, 2017 (Started May 18, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Restlessness (akathisia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily
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 an Atenolol tablet and soon the restlessness is gone.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Nov 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fast heart rate (tachycardia))
  • 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

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Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jan 09, 1985)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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