Atenolol (By injection)
Uses of This Medicine
This medicine is a beta-blocker. It works by affecting the response to nerve impulses in certain parts of the body, like the heart. As a result, the heart beats slower and decreases the blood pressure. When the blood pressure is lowered, the amount of blood and oxygen is increased to the heart .
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription .
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How To Use
Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are using reserpine, blood pressure medicines (such as clonidine, Catapres®, diltiazem, verapamil, Adalat®, Calan®, Cardizem®, Lotrel®), or any pain or arthritis medicines, also called “NSAIDs” (such as flurbiprofen, ibuprofen, indomethacin, naproxen, piroxicam, Advil®, Ansaid®, Feldene®, Indocin®, Naprosyn®).
When Not To Use
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to atenolol, if you are pregnant, or if you have certain heart problems. Talk with your doctor about what these heart problems are.
It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, kidney disease, or an overactive thyroid. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have an adrenal gland tumor (pheochromocytoma).
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Dark-colored urine or pale stools.
Lightheadedness or fainting.
Numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, or lips.
Shortness of breath, cold sweats, and bluish-colored skin.
Slow or fast heartbeat.
Swelling in your hands, ankles or feet.
Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
Yellowing of your skin or the white of your eyes.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Depression, confusion, or problems with sex.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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