Atenolol

*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.


Atenolol is a type of beta blocker, which is used to affect the blood flow in the blood vessels. Atenolol is used to treat anginas and hypertension. Additionally, this medication is used to prevent or treat heart attacks.

Consult your doctor when
Your child is suffering or has suffered in the past from a low heart rate, arrhythmia, asthma, pulmonary disease, diabetes, low blood pressure, liver or kidney problems, thyroid disease, or depression
Your child is taking other medication or has known allergies

How should I store the medication?
Store the medication at room temperature in a dry place. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Administer the medication at the times instructed by your physician.

What should I do if I forget to administer the medication on time?
Administer the medication immediately after you remember. Do not give the forgotten dose if there is less than 8 hours until the next one. Do not give two doses at once.

When can I stop giving the medication?
Complete the round as instructed by your physician. Do not end treatment without consulting with your doctor – even if your child is feeling better.

Side Effects
While using Atenolol, your child may experience side effects which include swelling of the feet and ankles, drowsiness, lightheadedness, stomach aches, loss of appetite, low-grade fever, slow heartbeat, problems sleeping, dark urine, anxiety, and/or irritability.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child’s condition worsens
  • Your child experiences severe side effects such as super slow heartbeat, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, dark urine, loss of appetite, jaundice, depression, cold hands or feet

If your child is taking atenolol to treat hypertension, he should take the medication even if he feels fine. Hypertension does not always have symptoms.