Tenormin, also known as Atenolol, is a medication used to decrease high blood pressure. It can be used with or without other high blood pressure medications.
How it works
Tenormin belongs to a class of drugs known as beta blockers. These medications work by blocking various natural chemicals in the body, heart and blood vessels. Tenormin mainly controls chemicals such as epinephrine. This way, the drug is able to reduce the heart rate, blood pressure and strain on the heart.
The drug is mainly used to treat hypertension. It is also useful in angina and the capacity to improve the chances of survival after a heart attack. Also, Tenormin is used to treat various other conditions such as irregular heartbeats, heart failure, alcohol withdrawal symptoms and is useful in preventing migraine headaches.
Tenormin is generally taken once or twice a day, by mouth. It can be consumed with or without food. The dosage will be determined by your healthcare provider according to your medical status and response to the treatment.
If you wish to experience the best effects of this medication, make sure to take the dose on a regular basis. If you accidently keep missing the doses, it can affect the effectiveness of the medication. It is essential for you to continue this medication, even if you feel healthy and normal. You must not discontinue the treatment until your physician asks you to do so.
It can take a maximum of two weeks for this medication to work properly. During this period, do not increase the doses to improve the effectiveness of the drug.
Dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea and tiredness are some common side effects that you may experience during the course of this treatment. Although you are not likely to experience all of them, it is best to keep an eye out for all the possible side effects.
Some people can also experience heart failure when using this medication. If this happens to you, get immediate medical help. Although it is not common to experience severe allergic reactions as a result of Tenormin, it is important to be vigilant at all times.
In order to ensure your own health and safety during this treatment period, it is important to follow the instructions given below.
Do not consume apple or orange juice during the course of the treatment. These beverages can prevent your body from fully absorbing the medication.
Do not engage in tasks that require your full attention since the drug can make you feel drowsy.
Inform your physician if you are allergic to beta blockers.
If you have diabetes, keep an eye on your blood sugar level.
Inform your doctor about the current medications, supplements and herbal treatments you are taking.
It is not safe for you to become pregnant while using this medication. If you become pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, inform your physician. Since this drug can harm the fetus, it is best if you discontinue this treatment during this period.
This medication not only gets passed to the child via breast milk, but it also impacts your infant in a negative way. Therefore, do not take this drug while breastfeeding your child.