Aatenolol Interaction

Consult your health care professional about the risks of using this medication for your condition as it may cause a life threatening condition called lactic acidosis; before starting on a course with the same.

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Atenolol Interactions

Before you start taking Atenolol, consult your doctor in case you are taking any of the following:

  • Allergy treatments or skin testing for allergies
  • Catapres (clonidine)
  • Disopyramide (Norpase)
  • Amiodarone (Coradarone, Pacerone)
  • Guanabenz (Wytensin)
  • Didoxin (Lanoxin, digitalis)
  • Diabetes medicines like insulin, glyburide (Micronase), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), or metformin (Glucophage)
  • Heart medicine like reserpine (Serpasil), verapamil (Calan), nifedipine (Procardia), diltiazem (Cartia)
  • MAO inhibitors such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), selegiline (Eldepryl), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil)
  • Stimulant medicines, cold medicines or diet pills
  • Medicines for breathing disorders or asthma, such as albuterol (Proventil), pirbuterol (Maxair), terbutaline (Bricanyl), bitolterol (Tornalate), metaproterenol (Alupent), and theophylline (Theolair)

If you are consuming any of the above mentioned medicines, then you might not be able to take Atenolol or you might require special tests or dosage adjustments.

There can be several other drugs which are not listed here, that can affect Atenolol. Notify your doctor about all other drugs and non prescription medicines that you are consuming. This also includes minerals, herbal products, vitamins and medications prescribed by other doctors. If you are already taking Atenolol, then do not start any new medication without consulting your physician.

Atenolol Notes and Precautions

  • Generic Atenolol affects your thinking and reaction time, hence, you must be careful if you are driving or doing anything which requires you to be alert and awake. Avoid consuming alcohol as it can increase the drowsiness and dizziness already associated with Atenolol.
  • If you need to undergo any sort of surgery, you have to temporarily stop consuming Atenolol. Hence, you must let your doctor know beforehand that you are using this medication.
  • Do not suddenly stop consumption of this medication without consulting your doctor as stopping consumption suddenly, might actually worsen your condition.
  • If you are getting treated for high blood pressure, you should keep on using Atenolol even if you feel you are fine. High blood pressure generally has no signs or symptoms. You might need to continue the blood pressure medicine throughout your life.
  • This medication is only part of a complete treatment for hypertension since the program also includes exercise, diet and weight control. You must follow your routine of diet and exercise, if you are getting treated for hypertension.
  • Keep this medication at room temperature away from heat and moisture.