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What is Atenolol used for?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

What is Atenolol?

Atenolol is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called beta-blockers. It makes your heart beat slower, making it easier for your heart to pump blood throughout your body, which can help relieve the symptoms of several health conditions. 

What is Atenolol used for?

Atenolol is used to treat a variety of conditions, including: 

  • Angina: by decreasing the heart’s demand for oxygen, Atenolol allows the heart to function more efficiently and reduces the frequency and intensity of angina symptoms


  • Irregular heartbeat: by slowing down the heart rate, Atenolol can restore a regular rhythm to promote a more consistent and efficient blood flow throughout the body

In some cases, Atenolol is also used to treat other conditions like migraine and anxiety. 

Common Side Effects – more than 1 in 100 people

Atenolol can sometimes cause side effects in some people. These side effects are common and happen to more than 1 in 100 people.

They are usually mild and don’t last long, and include:

  • Experiencing drowsiness, fatigue, or dizziness
  • Having cold fingers or toes
  • Feeling nauseous or vomiting
  • Having diarrhoea
  • Experiencing stomach discomfort or pain

If these side effects bother you and the suggestions don’t help, keep taking the medicine but let your doctor or pharmacist know about it. They can provide further advice and assistance.

Serious Side Effects – call 111 or visit now

While serious side effects of atenolol are rare, it’s important to be aware of them. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience:

  • Difficulty breathing with worsening cough during exercise (like walking up stairs), swollen ankles or legs, or irregular heartbeat (possible signs of heart problems)

  • Shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness (possible signs of lung problems)

  • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin, pale-colored stools, or dark-colored urine (possible signs of liver problems)

  • Unexplained bruising or increased susceptibility to bruising (possible signs of low platelet count)

If you encounter any of these symptoms, it is crucial that you contact your doctor or visit the nearest emergency room for further evaluation and assistance.

Order Your Atenolol Prescription Online

If you’ve been prescribed atenolol to treat your health condition, you can place your prescription order online using your Healthera app from your local pharmacy.

It only takes a couple of minutes to set up your order, and you’ll be able to choose whether you want to collect it or have it delivered right to your door.

To get started, simply click the button below: 

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