Atenolol and chlorthalidone combination is prescribed for a patient with high blood pressure to reduce the risk of having heart attacks.
Atenolol is a beta-blocker that acts by slowing down the heart and reducing its workload. Chlorthalidone is a diuretic that helps your body eliminate the unwanted water and salt through the urine to lower the blood pressure.
2 What to Know Before Using
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to atenolol and chlorthalidone combination or to any other medications.
Safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established in children.
Although this medicine have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems, older patients are more likely to have age-related liver, kidney, or heart problems, which may require caution in patients receiving this medicine.
Pregnancy Category D – Atenolol and chlorthalidone combination is not recommended while you are pregnant as it can cause risk to the unborn baby.
There are no adequate studies whether atenolol and chlorthalidone combination can pass through breast milk or if it could cause harmful effects to the infant. Discuss with your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby.
Taking this medicine with any of the following medications is usually not recommended, but with exception in some cases. Your doctor may change the dose or the frequency of one or both of your medicines if both medicines are prescribed together.
Taking this medicine with any of the following medications may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. Your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines if both medicines are prescribed together.
Your doctor will advise you to do exercises for weight control. Your diet may also be changed to low salt and low fat diet to aim the desired effect of the medication.
This medication will not cure your high blood pressure but it will help you to control it. You should take this medication exactly as directed. Do regular visits to your doctor as well to monitor your progress with this medication.
Do not stop using this medication abruptly without checking to your doctor.
Recommended dosage of atenolol and chlorthalidone combination tablets for high blood pressure:
Adults — One tablet once a day.
Children — Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is near for your next dose, skip the missed dose and start again to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Store the medication in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep out of reach of children. Do not keep expired medications.
4 Precautions to Take
Your doctor will be checking you regularly for the effectiveness of the medication.
Contraceptives must be used to keep you or your partner from getting pregnant. Tell your doctor immediately if you think you have become pregnant while using this medication.
Check with your doctor right away if you are having chest pain or discomfort; dilated neck veins; extreme fatigue; irregular breathing; an irregular heartbeat; shortness of breath; swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs; weight gain; or wheezing since this medication may cause heart failure to some patients.
Monitor your blood sugar regularly since this medication may affect your blood sugar. Check with your doctor right away if you have any concerns with this matter.
Tell the doctor in charge that you are taking this medicine before undergoing to any medical tests.
5 Potential Side Effects
There are several side effects that you may experience while receiving this medication. If any of these side effects occur, tell it to your doctor right away:
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