Atenolol (Tenormin) –
What You Need To Know

Brand Name: Tenormin

What is Atenolol (Tenormin)?

The Information about Atenolol (Tenormin) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from and simplified for the average consumer.

atenolol tenorminAtenolol also known by the brand name Tenormin is a beta blocker. Beta Blockers also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents work by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline.

When you take beta blockers, the heart beats more slowly and with less force, thereby reducing blood pressure. Beta blockers also help blood vessels open up to improve blood flow.

There are drug free alternatives to lowering your blood pressure that may be effective for you. Read about them here.

How to use Atenolol (Tenormin):

  • medicationUse Atenolol (Tenormin) as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Take Atenolol (Tenormin) at the same time every day with a full glass of water.
  • You may need regular blood pressure tests at your doctors office.
  • You may need to briefly stop using Atenolol (Tenormin) before having surgery, so discuss with your surgeon.
  • Store Atenolol (Tenormin) at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
  • If you miss a dose of¬†Atenolol (Tenormin), take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your next dose is less than 8 hours away, skip the missed dose and take it at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra Atenolol (Tenormin) to make up the missed dose. Do not skip doses or stop taking Atenolol (Tenormin) without first talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Atenolol (Tenormin).

What to know before using Atenolol (Tenormin):

If any of the following apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking Atenolol (Tenormin):

  • asthmadepression
  • bronchitis
  • emphysema
  • diabetes
  • low blood pressure
  • a heart problem such as heart block, sick sinus syndrome, slow heart rate, or congestive heart failure
  • depression
  • liver or kidney disease
  • a thyroid disorder
  • myasthenia gravis
  • pheochromocytoma
  • problems with circulation (such as Raynaud’s syndrome).

Side effects of Atenolol (Tenormin):

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these symptoms of overdose or allergy occur:

Symptoms of overdose

  • anxiety
  • coma
  • cool, pale skin
  • depression
  • dilated neck veins
  • extreme fatigue
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • irregular breathing
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • slurred speech
  • unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness

Stop using Atenolol (Tenormin) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • blurred vision
  • cold hands or feet
  • confusion
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • tightness in chest
  • wheezing
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chills
  • cold sweats
  • cough
  • dizziness or light headed
  • fainting
  • fast heartbeat
  • leg pain
  • noisy breathing
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing
  • Bloody urine
  • decreased frequency or amount of urine
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased thirst
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • nausea
  • swelling of face, fingers, or lower legs
  • vomiting
  • weight gain
  • black, tarry stools
  • bleeding gums
  • blood in urine or stools
  • blurred or loss of vision
  • bone or joint pain
  • disturbed color perception
  • double vision
  • feeling that others are watching you or controlling your behavior
  • feeling that others can hear your thoughts
  • feeling, seeing, or hearing things that are not there
  • fever
  • halos around lights
  • night blindness
  • overbright appearance of lights
  • paleness or cold feeling in fingertips and toes
  • pinpoint red or purple spots on skin
  • severe mood or mental changes
  • skin irritation or rash, including rash that looks like psoriasis
  • skin rash, hives, or itching
  • sore throat
  • swollen or painful glands
  • tingling or pain in fingers or toes when exposed to cold
  • tunnel vision
  • unusual behavior
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Discouragement
  • feeling sad or empty
  • irritability
  • lack of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble sleeping
  • diarrhea
  • dream activity
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • sensation of spinning
  • sleepiness
  • decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • dry mouth
  • inability to have or keep an erection
  • loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • loss of hair, temporary
  • pain of penis on erection

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Atenolol (Tenormin) Natural Alternatives:

tikvawithdrinkIf you are taking Atenolol (Tenormin) or other beta blocker medications, the various ingredients  in Tikva have been proven through either clinical trials or other research to lower your blood pressure naturally by dilating (widening) the arteries. Tikva does not act as a beta blocker, as it does not slow down your heart.

Several of the ingredients in Tikva can also increase circulation, dissolve plaque that is already in the arteries and reduce new plaque from forming. In addition, there are ingredients in Tikva to help reduce stress that often increases blood pressure without all of the side effects.
Read more about the natural ingredients in Tikva on our research and ingredients page, by clicking here.

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The information provided on this page should not be used to decide whether or not to take Atenolol (Tenormin) or any other medicine. Consult your doctor to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition.

This information about Atenolol (Tenormin) is a brief summary and does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Atenolol (Tenormin) .

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must speak with your doctor for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Atenolol (Tenormin) .