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Atenolol 50 MG Tablet

Manufacturer: Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Medicine composition: Atenolol
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Atenolol 50 MG Tablet is known to be a beta blocker, that is, the drug slows down the effect of some chemical that occur naturally in the body, for instance epinephrine, so as to enhance the function of the heart and blood vessels. The drug effectively lowers blood pressure as well as heart rate, thus causing less strain on the muscle. Atenolol 50 MG Tablet is generally prescribed to those patients suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina (chest pain). The medicine should be taken as per dosage on the prescription. Over dosage of the drug can lead to complications. Depending on the affects the drug has on a patient, the doctor may make variations to the dosage. Initially the doctor may prescribe about 50 mg of Atenolol 50 MG Tablet, increasing it to 100 mg or more as and when required. The drug is taken orally and is available either in a capsule or a tablet. Doctors generally advise that Atenolol 50 MG Tablet should not be discontinued suddenly as it can further worsen the side effects of the drug. The following are a few common side effects of Atenolol 50 MG Tablet-

If you experience chest pain or a cold sensation in your feet and hands or experience uneven heartbeat, make sure to receive medical aid immediately.

It is also advised that individuals with a serious heart problem, for instance an AV block or coronary heart condition, asthma, thyroid problem, kidney failure, liver problems, allergies as well as diabetes should consult the doctor about their existing health conditions before starting Atenolol 50 MG Tablet. The same goes for pregnant women and breast feeding mothers, as consumption of the medicine may have a negative impact on the child. The drug is meant for individuals above the age of 18 only, thus it is not appropriate for children,

Atenolol 50 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of Hypertension which is an increase in the blood pressure caused by genetic and/or environmental factors.
Angina Pectoris
Atenolol 50 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of Angina Pectoris which is a type of heart disease characterized by chest pain caused due to emotional stress and smoking.
Myocardial Infarction
Atenolol 50 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of Myocardial Infarction which is a type of heart disease caused due to blockage of blood flow to the heart muscle.
Avoid if you have a known history of allergy to Atenolol 50 MG Tablet or any other medicines belonging to the group Beta Blockers.
Cardiogenic shock
Atenolol 50 MG Tablet is not recommended in the patients suffering from cardiogenic shock.
Heart block greater than first degree
Atenolol 50 MG Tablet is not recommended in the patients having a heart block greater than first degree.
Sinus Bradycardia
Atenolol 50 MG Tablet is not recommended in the patients suffering from Bradycardia.
In addition to its intended effect, Atenolol 50 MG Tablet may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Blurred vision Major Common
Difficulty in breathing Major Common
Sweating Major Common
Cold hands or feet Major Common
Anxiety Major Less Common
Chest pain Major Less Common
Dizziness Major Less Common
Decrease in frequency of urination Major Rare
Increased thirst Major Rare
Loss of appetite Minor Common
Trouble sleeping Minor Common
Diarrhea Minor Less Common
How long is the duration of effect?
This medicine is excreted in urine and feces. The effect lasts for a duration of 12 to 24 hours.
What is the onset of action?
The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 2 to 4 hours.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women. Use under the supervision of the doctor, only if clinical condition clearly requires the use of this medicine.
Is it habit forming?
No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This medicine is not recommended for breastfeeding women. Use only if clearly needed under the doctor's supervision. Monitoring of blood pressure and blood glucose levels is necessary.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Atenolol 50 MG Tablet, and hence can be used as its substitute.
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Missed Dose instructions
If you miss a dose of Atenolol 50 MG Tablet, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose instructions
Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
India
United States
Japan
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Asthma Major
Atenolol 50 MG Tablet should not be used in patients suffering from bronchial asthma or any other lung diseases. Inform the doctor if you had any history of lung diseases or family history of lung disease. Dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Bradyarrhythmia/AV Block Major
Atenolol 50 MG Tablet or other beta blockers are not recommended in the patients with Sinus Bradyarrhythmia or heart block greater than the first degree. Inform the doctor if you have any heart diseases or family history of heart diseases. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Glaucoma Moderate
Atenolol 50 MG Tablet should be administered with caution in a patient suffering from Glaucoma. It may further lower the pressure in the eye.
Interaction with Alcohol
Alcohol Moderate
Consumption of alcohol should be avoided while taking this medicine, especially when you start taking the medicine or a change its dosage. Symptoms like headache, dizziness, change in pulse or heart rate should be reported to the doctor.
Interaction with Lab Test
Lab
Information not available.
Interaction with Food
Food
Information not available.
Interaction with Medicine
Alprazolam Moderate
You may experience hypotensive effects like dizziness, lightheadedness if these medicines are used together. Regular monitoring of blood pressure is necessary. Dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered under the doctor's supervision.
Theophylline Major
Simultaneous use of these medicines is not recommended as it increases the effect of theophylline. Symptoms of nausea or vomiting, tremors, restlessness should be reported to the doctor. Dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered under the doctor's supervision.
Calcium channel blockers Major
Use of Atenolol 50 MG Tablet with calcium channel blockers like Diltiazem, Verapamil may increase the risk of side effects. Symptoms like fatigue, headache, fainting, an increase in weight and chest pain should be reported to the doctor. Dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered under the doctor's supervision.
What are you using Atenolol 50 MG Tablet for?
Hypertension
Other
Myocardial Infarction
Angina Pectoris
How much was the improvement?
Excellent
Average
Poor
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
Within 2 hours
Within a day
More than 2 days
Within 6 hours
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Twice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With or without food
With Food
Empty stomach
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Cold hands or feet
Anxiety
Difficulty in breathing
Blurred vision
Sweating
Decrease in frequency of urination
Chest Pain
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Popular Questions & Answers

Please suggest. If Panazep ls and atenolol same time will it create any problems?

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Please suggest. If Panazep ls and atenolol same time will it create any problems?
Prescribed Panazep ls to be taken at night and prescribed atenolol to be taken in morning after clinical examination

Blood pressure is fluctuating. I am taking atenolol 50 as of now. Sometimes bp is as low as 70. What should I do?

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
If you are asymptomatic than stop medication and measure the bp value for three days in morning and evening and revert with finding.

Is atenolol and amlodipine affect the result of ecg, ekg, tnt and echo diagnosed?

Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian (RD), PGDD, Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S), General Physician
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Too much cholesterol in the blood can lead to cardiovascular disease. What you eat has a direct impact on your cholesterol level. In fact, a diet rich in fiber and other cholesterol-lowering foods may help lower cholesterol as much as statin medication for some people. Working with a registered dietitian and doctor is the key to develop and maintain a successful health program to manage it. I will inform you on how to make diet, lifestyle changes, make you understand instructions for taking medication because it won't work if you don't take it as directed. Consult privately for a holistic dietary therapy to solve your problems.

Can one stop taking 12.5 mg atenolol if taken for anxiety. Does stopping it suddenly cause any side effects.

Pain Medicine Externship, Fellowship In Addiction Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Psychiatrist, Panchkula
Can one stop taking 12.5 mg atenolol if taken for anxiety. Does stopping it suddenly cause any side effects.
Atenolol is not a drug for Anxiety. Its Propranolol that is useful for the physical components of anxiety reponses (trembling, quivering of voice etc). Ability to act on Beta 2 receptors gives it the above utility, while atenolol is only active on B1 receptiors. Moreover, Atenolol does not cross blood brain barrier so I do not see the merit of it here. As for Sudden Withdrawal of Medication- Yes, typically B Blockers like Atenolol etc are not to be stopped abruptly. They can lead to increased heart rate, palpitations etc due to the upregulated B receptors. That said, Atenolol at 12. 5 mg may be stopped abruptly as it is a very low dose. Ofcourse, cannot comment on how the condition for which it may have been prescribed and its worsening but otherwise maybe safely stopped. Suggest see your doctor, or setup an appointment with me for me to better be able to guide you.

Can I take a daily dose of TADAFIL while on blood pressure medication? Atenolol 100 mg.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Can I take a daily dose of TADAFIL while on blood pressure medication? Atenolol 100 mg.
It is not advisable to take any medicines without the doctor's prescription. Kindly talk to the doctor and discuss about your concerns and let the doctor assess your health by examining you. Please read about sexual health and common problems and how it can be enhanced with a disciplined and healthy lifestyle.

Popular Health Tips

How to Control Recurrent Headaches?

Fellowship in Interventional Pain management , Diploma in Anesthesia, DA, MBBS
Pain Management Specialist, Jaipur
How to Control Recurrent Headaches?

Headaches arise due to various reasons. Stress, tension, migraine, overwork and several medical conditions may cause headaches of different types. Such headaches are also called chronic headaches, and many cases of headaches are recurrent in nature. This indicates that the headaches might reappear or reoccur.

Headaches are quite frustrating and affect your entire health and performance. Recurrent headaches are even more troublesome as they strike back when you almost thought they were gone. There are several ways to deal with or control recurrent headaches. They include the following:

A. Medical treatment: Medicines can be used to treat the underlying cause of a headache and if these fail, medicines to cure the headache are used.

The different preventive medicines for recurrent headaches are:

  1. Antidepressants: Tricyclic antidepressants by the likes of nortriptyline can be prescribed for treating recurrent headaches. These medications help in curing any kind of depression, anxiety and disturbances in sleep, which usually lead to recurrent headaches. Antidepressants like the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor or SSRI and fluoxetines are also used.
  2. Beta blockers: Beta blockers, commonly used to treat hypertension, also prevent migraine-related headaches. They include atenolol, metoprolol and propranolol.
  3. Anti-seizure medicines: Several anti-seizure medicines help in the prevention of migraine and also cure daily, recurrent headaches. They include topiramate, divalproex sodium and gabapentin.
  4. NSAIDs: Prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen sodium also help in reducing headaches, which appear daily. NSAIDs are used in cases of severe headache.
  5. Botulinum toxin: Onabotulinum toxin A or Botox injections can be used to get relief from recurrent headaches and are ideal for people whose daily medications are not effective enough.

B. Alternative medicine procedures
Other than medications, alternative therapies to get relief from concurrent headaches can be utilized. They include:

  1. Acupuncture: This ancient procedure involves the use of thin needles, which are inserted into certain areas of the skin at defined points. Acupuncture reduces the frequency and intensity of headaches.
  2. Massage therapy: Massage therapy reduces stress, gives relief to pain and provides relaxation. Massaging of the tight muscles at the back of the head provides relief.
  3. Herbs and nutrients: Several organic herbs help in preventing migraine headaches and reduce the intensity of headaches. They include butterbur and feverfew. Vitamin and mineral supplements can be taken to reduce headaches and prevent them from reoccurring. Coenzyme Q10 supplements, magnesium sulfate supplements can reduce the frequency of several headaches as well.
  4. Investigational approach: A surgical implant, which is a battery operated electrode, can be placed around the occipital nerve. The electrode implant sends energy pulses to the nerve, and headache is eased.

Recurrent headaches can be controlled in various ways, which include medicines and several alternative procedures. You should consult a doctor before you start using some method.

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Health Benefits of Garlic

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Health Benefits of Garlic

Health benefits of garlic:

1. Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which has potent medicinal properties. Garlic is a plant in the allium (onion) family. It is closely related to onions, shallots, and leeks. It grows in many parts of the world and is a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste.

However, throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its health and medicinal properties. Its use was well documented by all the major civilizations including the Egyptians, Babylonians, greeks, Romans and the Chinese.

Garlic bulbs and cloves

The entire “head” is called a garlic bulb while each segment is called a clove. There are about 10-20 cloves in a single bulb, give or take.

We now know that most of the health effects are caused by one of the sulfur compounds formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed.

This compound is known as allicin and is also responsible for the distinct garlic smell. Allicin enters the body from the digestive tract and travels all over the body, where it exerts its potent biological effects (which we’ll get to in a bit).

Bottom line: garlic is a plant in the onion family, grown for its cooking properties and health effects. It is high in a sulfur compound called allicin, which is believed to bring most of the health benefits.

2. Garlic is highly nutritious but has very few calories. Calorie for calorie, garlic is incredibly nutritious.

A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of garlic contains (3):

  • Manganese: 23% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin b6: 17% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin c: 15% of the RDA.
  • Selenium: 6% of the RDA.
  • Fiber: 1 gram.
  • Decent amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin b1.
  • Garlic also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. In fact, it contains a little bit of almost everything we need.

This is coming with 42 calories, with 1.8 grams of protein and 9 grams of carbs.

Bottom line: garlic is low in calories and very rich in vitamin c, vitamin b6 and manganese. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients.

3. Garlic can combat sickness, including the common cold. Garlic supplementation is known to boost the function of the immune system. According to a study, the average length of cold symptoms was also reduced by 70%, from 5 days in placebo to just 1.5 days in the garlic group.

Another study found that a high dose of garlic extract (2.56 grams per day) can reduce the number of days sick with cold or flu by 61%.

If you often get colds, then adding garlic to your diet could be incredibly helpful.

Bottom line: garlic supplementation helps to prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold.

4. The active compounds in garlic can reduce blood pressure. Cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes are the world’s biggest killers. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most important drivers of these diseases. 

Human studies have found garlic supplementation to have a significant impact on reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. In one study, aged garlic extract at doses of 600-1, 500 mg was just as effective as the drug atenolol at reducing blood pressure over a 24 week period.

Supplement doses must be fairly high to have these desired effects. The amount of allicin needed is equivalent to about four cloves of garlic per day.

Bottom line: high doses of garlic appear to improve blood pressure of those with known high blood pressure (hypertension). In some instances, supplementation can be as effective as regular medications.

5. Garlic improves cholesterol levels, which may lower the risk of heart disease. For those with high cholesterol, garlic supplementation appears to reduce total and/or LDL cholesterol by about 10-15%. Looking at LDL (the “bad”) and HDL (the “good”) cholesterol specifically, garlic appears to lower LDL but has no reliable effect on HDL. Garlic does not appear to lower triglyceride levels, another known risk factor for heart disease.

Bottom line: garlic supplementation seems to reduce total and ldl cholesterol, particularly in those who have high cholesterol. Hdl cholesterol and triglycerides do not seem to be affected.

6. Garlic contains antioxidants that may help prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Garlic contains antioxidants that support the body’s protective mechanisms against oxidative damage. High doses of garlic supplementation have been shown to increase antioxidant enzymes in humans, as well as significantly reduce oxidative stress in those with high blood pressure

The combined effects on reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as the antioxidant properties, may help prevent common brain diseases like Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Bottom line: garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and aging. It may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

7. Garlic may help you live longer. Effects on longevity are basically impossible to prove in humans. But given the beneficial effects on important risk factors like blood pressure, it makes sense that garlic could help you live longer.

The fact that it can fight infectious disease is also an important factor because these are common causes of death, especially in the elderly or people with dysfunctional immune systems.

Bottom line: garlic has known beneficial effects on common causes of chronic disease, so it makes perfect sense that it could help you live longer.

8. Athletic performance can be improved with garlic supplementation. It was traditionally used in ancient cultures to reduce fatigue and enhance the work capacity of laborers.

Rodent studies have shown that garlic helps with exercise performance, but very few human studies have been done.

Subjects with heart disease that took garlic oil for 6 weeks had a reduction in peak heart rate of 12% and improved their exercise capacity. Other studies suggest that exercise-induced fatigue may be reduced with garlic.

Bottom line: garlic can improve physical performance in lab animals and people with heart disease. Benefits in healthy people are not yet conclusive.

9. Eating garlic can help detoxify heavy metals in the body. At high doses, the sulfur compounds in garlic have been shown to protect against organ damage from heavy metal toxicity.

A four-week study in employees of a car battery plant (excessive exposure to lead) found that garlic reduced lead levels in the blood by 19%. It also reduced many clinical signs of toxicity, including headaches and blood pressure.

Three doses of garlic each day even outperformed the drug d-penicillamine in symptom reduction.

Bottom line: garlic was shown to significantly reduce lead toxicity and related symptoms in one study.

10. Garlic may improve bone health. No human trials have measured the effects of garlic on bone loss.

Rodent studies have shown that it can minimize bone loss by increasing estrogen in females.

One study in menopausal women found that a daily dose of dry garlic extract (equal to 2 grams of raw garlic) significantly decreased a marker of estrogen deficiency. This suggests that this garlic may have beneficial effects on bone health in women.

Foods like garlic and onions have also been shown to have beneficial effects on osteoarthritis.

Bottom line: garlic appears to have some benefits for bone health by increasing estrogen levels in females, but more human studies are needed.

11. Garlic is easy to include in your diet and tastes absolutely delicious. The last one is not a health benefit, but still important. It is the fact that it is very easy (and delicious) to include garlic in your current diet. It complements most savory dishes, particularly soups and sauces. The strong taste of garlic can also add a punch to otherwise bland recipes.

Garlic comes in several forms, from whole cloves and smooth pastes to powders and supplements like garlic extract and garlic oil. The minimum effective dose for therapeutic effects is one clove eaten with meals, two or three times a day.

However, keep in mind that there are some downsides to garlic, such as bad breath. There are also some people who are allergic to it.

If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood-thinning medications, then talk to your doctor before increasing your garlic consumption.

The active compound allicin only forms when garlic is crushed or cleaved when it is raw. If you cook it before crushing it, then it won’t have the same health effects.

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About Atenolol 50 MG Tablet
When is Atenolol 50 MG Tablet prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Atenolol 50 MG Tablet?
What are the side effects of Atenolol 50 MG Tablet?
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What are the substitutes for Atenolol 50 MG Tablet?
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Atenolol 50 MG Tablet approved?
What are the interactions for Atenolol 50 MG Tablet?