Both the drugs are classified Bata-Blockers and treat the same symptoms Is there any difference in the two?.
Hello Fuwillis and welcome to DC
You are correct that they are beta-blockers. They are often prescribed for different reasons such as what one is trying to treat, avoid and or Doctors preference.
Atenolol is often prescribed for the following conditions: Irregular heartbeat, High blood pressure or Angina (inadequate blood supply to the heart which causes chest pain). Atenolol can also be used by some people with breathing conditions such as asthma.
Metoprolol Tartrate (I will refer to this drug as Metoprolol) is also prescribed for the reasons above (except breathing conditions). It can be used for thyroid issues which affect heart rhythm. It can also be used to help protect the heart after a heart attack, and to prevent migraines.
Atenolol naturally works for a long time, so one only needs to take it once or twice a day; whereas Metoprolol depending on why it is prescribed can be taken up to four times a day. However there is a longer acting version of this drug; but again it comes down to which condition one is treating.
Atenolol causes less sleep disturbance and nightmares than Metoprolol.
Atenolol comes in tablets and liquid formulas. Metoprolol comes in tablets only.
Atenolol has fewer less potential side-effects then Metoprolol.
In my experience as an RN, generally speaking Atenolol was prescribed far more than Metoprolol.
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