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ATENOLOL (a TEN oh lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and to prevent chest pain. It is also used to protect the heart during a heart attack and to prevent an additional heart attack from occurring.
The medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision
cold or numb hands or feet
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
fever with sore throat
rapid weight gain
swollen ankles, legs
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in sex drive or performance
nightmares or trouble sleeping
short term memory loss
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
NSAIDs, medicines for pain or inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
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This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart or vessel disease like slow heart rate, worsening heart failure, heart block, sick sinus syndrome or Raynaud's disease
lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema
an unusual or allergic reaction to atenolol, other beta-blockers, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine can affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.