Can You Get an Atenolol Prescription Online?
Do you need a prescription for Atenolol? Yes! But you can get an atenolol prescription online. Book an appointment with PlushCare and speak with a top-rated US doctor to find out if atenolol would be right for you.
Our doctors can write and refill prescriptions online and send them electronically to a pharmacy near you. Getting an atenolol prescription online is easy!
What is Atenolol and What Does it Treat?
Atenolol is a type of beta-blocker, a drug class that reduces blood pressure and improves circulation.
Atenolol is used to treat a variety of conditions including:
- Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythms)
- Heart failure
- Angina (chest pain)
- Heart attacks (atenolol helps prevent heart attacks and also improves the chance of survival for heart attack victims)
- Stroke prevention
- Alcohol withdrawal
- Some types of tremors
- Hypertension (atenolol is prescribed alongside other medications for hypertension or after other medications are proven ineffective)
Types of beta-blocker drugs and their brand names:
- Atenolol (Tenormin)
- Acebutolol (Sectral)
- Bisoprolol (Zebeta)
- Metroprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)
- Nadolol (Corgard)
- Nebivolol (Bystolic)
- Propranolol (Inderal LA, InnoPran XL)
How Does Atenolol Work?
The heart has beta1 receptors, which are involved with automatic body functions. The nervous system uses beta1 receptors to stimulate the heart and increase heart rate.
Atenolol and other beta-blockers work by blocking the beta1 receptors thereby reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and general strain on the heart.
Atenolol Dosage and Treatments
Atenolol dosage depends on what condition is being treated and physical characteristics of a patient. Always follow your doctor’s directions and the instructions on the prescription label.
Atenolol is a tablet taken orally. Dosages usually begin at 50 mg/day and may be increased to 100 mg/day.
When using atenolol for treating angina, a higher dose might be required, up to 200 mg/day.
Elderly patients may begin at smaller initial doses of 25 mg/day.
Benefits of Atenolol
Atenolol reduces the stress put on a heart. This reduces the chances of stroke and heart attack.
For people who do have a heart attack, atenolol can help them survive.
Atenolol is also beneficial for the long-term treatment of various conditions related to cardiovascular stress.
Side Effects of Atenolol
Most common side effects (affects over 10% of patients):
- Tiredness (up to 26%)
- Dizziness (up to 13%)
- Depression (up to 12%)
Common side effects (affects 1% to 10% patients who take atenolol):
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Vertigo or lightheadedness
- Cold hands and feet
- Pulmonary embolism (requires immediate medical attention)
- Increased dreaming
- Diarrhea or upset stomach
- Difficulty breathing
- Leg pain
- Heart failure deterioration
- Heart block precipitation
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Slow heart rate
Less common and rare side effects (affects less than 0.1% of patients taking atenolol):
- Weight gain
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling in face, fingers, or lower legs
- Urination changes (less frequent, smaller volumes, or bloody)
- Increases in blood pressure
- Pain in the lower back or side
Other side effects can occur. If you experience any side effects that are not listed here, call your doctor.
Considerations and Precautions of Atenolol
There are 953 drugs that are known to have adverse interactions with atenolol, 89% of which are moderate. Tell your doctor of any medications you are taking or plan to take.
The most important drugs to check are:
- Digoxin or digitalis
- Other beta-blockers
- Other medications for the heart or blood pressure
- Alcohol (can amplify the effects of atenolol)
Taking atenolol can have very severe contradictions with a number of conditions including:
- Renal dysfunction
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- AV block
- Congestive heart failure
- Allergic reactions
- Ischemic heart disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Atenolol is less effective for geriatric use, or for individuals of African descent. This is particularly true when taken without other medications.
- Beta-blockers can disguise signs of diabetes. People taking beta-blockers should regularly monitor their blood sugar.
- Low dosages of atenolol specifically target beta1 receptors in the heart. If dosages are increased beyond 50 mg/day, atenolol can start to affect beta2 receptors in the airways. This can affect breathing in an adverse way.
- Some foods, drinks, and supplements can interact with atenolol. Orange juice, high cholesterol foods, and multivitamins with minerals can all reduce the effectiveness of atenolol.
- Taking atenolol is dangerous for unborn babies. Atenolol can also pass into breast milk and harm nursing babies. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Can You Buy Atenolol Online?
Yes, you can buy atenolol and other prescription only drugs online.
Although there are dangerous online “pharmacies” that can damage your health and/or wallet, there are safe ones as well. The FDA has a guide for choosing an online pharmacy.
If your doctor decides atenolol is appropriate for you, they can write or refill a prescription online and send it to your local pharmacy, or help you choose a trustworthy online pharmacy.
Read More About Getting an Atenolol Prescription Online:
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- Benefits of an Online Doctor Consultation
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