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Atenolol is a beta-blocker, which works by reducing the effects of adrenaline on the body and thus reducing your heart rate. While this can be an effective medication for high blood pressure, it can also be used to treat benign essential tremor.

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Atenolol is a medicine that belongs to a group called beta-blockers, which works by reducing the effects of adrenaline on the body and thus reducing your heart rate.

For more information on the prescription medication patients should refer to the Atenolol patient information leaflet.

Atenolol works by blocking the effects of the hormone, adrenaline. When you take beta blockers, your heart beats more slowly and with less force, which in turn brings your blood pressure down and can also be used to treat benign essential tremor.

Benign essential tremor (ET) is a movement disorder that results in shaking that a person cannot control. This can be exceptionally hard to deal with on a day-to-day basis.

Sadly there is no cure to ET so the goal is to simply manage the symptoms as best as you can. This can be done with lifestyle changes, such as limiting stress, avoiding things that trigger tremors, such as caffeine and by getting enough rest.

Taking Atenolol will lower the effects of adrenaline in your body, forcing your heart to slow down. This couples with lifestyle changes, can drastically improve ET.

Atenolol is a prescription-only medication. Always follow the your doctor's advice and read the patient information leaflet provided in the medication packet.

Take one tablet a day, as outlined by your prescriber, by swallowing whole with a drink of water, with or without food. You should take it at the same time of day, in order to help you remember.

Before taking Atenolol, you should always first consult your doctor. You should not take Atenolol if any of the following apply to you:

  • If you are allergic to Atenolol or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
  • If you have ever had heart failure which is not under control
  • If you have ever had second or third-degree heart block
  • If you have ever had very slow or very uneven heart beats, very low blood pressure or very poor circulation  
  • If you have a tumour called phaeochromocytoma that is not being treated
  • If you have been told that you have higher than normal levels of acid in your blood (metabolic acidosis).
  • If you are a child.

Your prescription of Atenolol may also be affected by a number of other factors, so you should make your doctor aware if any of the following apply:

  • You have asthma, wheezing or any other similar breathing problems
  • you get allergic reactions, for example to insect stings
  • If you have ever had asthma or wheezing
  • you have a type of chest pain (angina) called Prinzmetal's angina
  • You have poor blood circulation or controlled heart failure
  • You have first-degree heart block
  • You have diabetes
  • You have thyrotoxicosis
  • You have problems with your kidneys.

Like many medications with active ingredients, Atenolol can affect or be affected by other medicines. Particular medications that you may experience this with include the following:

  • Clonidine (for high blood pressure or migraine)
  • Verapamil, diltiazem and nifedipine (for high blood pressure or chest pain)
  • Disopyramide, quinidine or amiodarone (for an uneven heart beat)
  • Digoxin (for heart problems)
  • Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine (a medicine that stimulates the heart)
  • Ibuprofen or indometacin (for pain and inflammation)
  • Insulin or medicines that you take by mouth for diabetes
  • Medicines to treat nose or sinus congestion or other cold remedies.

If you are taking any of the above medications, then you should make your doctor aware so that they can advise whether or not Atenolol will be the best course of action for you.

You should largely avoid alcohol while taking this medication (or at least limit your consumption), as it can cause your blood pressure to drop too low.

The most common side effects of using Atenolol include:

  • Slower pulse rate
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Feeling tired
  • Aching and tired muscles.

If you do experience one or more of these side effects and they persist or worsen, then inform your doctor right away. You should also contact your doctor if you notice any serious side effects such as abnormal heartbeat, shortness of breath or allergic reaction.

You can safely buy Atenolol online at UK Meds. You will first need to have an online consultation with a pharmacist independent prescriber before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Atenolol is the right medication for your medical condition.


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Scott Weaver

Medical Content Writer • Bachelor of Arts Degree

Scott is an experienced, skilled content writer dedicated to creating helpful and accessible medical content for UK Meds.

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