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. 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 230 82
Hypertension 114 34
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 99 48
Migraine headaches 27 15
POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) 26 14
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 27
Mild 32
None 168

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 45 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Atenolol

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 38
50 mg daily 30
100 mg daily 10
50 mg twice daily 4
12.5 mg daily 2
100 mg twice daily 2
25 mg twice daily 1
75 mg daily 1
200 mg daily 1
25mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Atenolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 64
Side effects too severe 28
Other 21
Did not seem to work 20
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 1
See all 122 patients who’ve stopped taking Atenolol

Duration

Currently taking Atenolol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 44

Stopped taking Atenolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 221
Usually 15
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 213
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 134
Not specified 108

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atenolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Propranolol (Inderal) 6
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
Losartan (Cozaar) 3
Carvedilol (Coreg) 2
Diltiazem (Cardizem) 2
Lisinopril (Zestril) 2
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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27 patient evaluations for Atenolol

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God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See God's Worshipper's full Atenolol history

Dec 25, 2015 (Started Nov 06, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Restlessness)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Internal restlessness (akathisia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: As far as helping with Internal restlessness (akathisia) I counld not see any different or it did not help.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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patio
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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

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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

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Fibrobella
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Fibrobella
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
41 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar II

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Aug 15, 2015 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Heart palpitations)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

Jul 9, 2015 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Heart palpitations)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

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