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User Reviews for Atenolol

Also known as: Tenormin

Atenolol has an average rating of 7.4 out of 10 from a total of 245 ratings on Drugs.com. 65% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 17% reported a negative experience.

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Summary of Atenolol reviews 7.4 245 reviews

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Reviews for Atenolol

NA · March 1, 2021

For Anxiety: “I've had severe anxiety since I was a child, I've always worried about something usually health related. In my late teens I began to have panic attacks, seen the doctors and they all gave stuff like prozac, zoloft, and hydroxyzine. But last year I was having bad anxiety that lasted for weeks at a time and it was all panic attacks. I was getting heart rates in the 150s at a minimum and 180 at the max in the ER bed, they tried the hydroxyzine and Benadryl to calm me down and knock me out, it didn't really work. Then I got a different ER dr who gave me Atenolol 25MG, and let me tell you, this is the ONLY thing that worked. It stops panic attacks right in its tracks after 30 mins or so. No shakiness, no high heart rate, no sweating. Even in stressful situations which you would normally panic you stay calm, it doesn't act up. I take half a pill as needed, and when I need it, it always worked and has kept me out of the ER for anxiety. If your dr gives you this I highly recommend you try it.”

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Ay · Taken for 2 to 5 years · June 10, 2020

For High Blood Pressure: “I’ve been on Atenolol 50mg and Losartan Potassium 50mg for about 3 years. This will probably be the worst period in my life. My weight went from 78kg to 87kg on same diet, I couldn’t workout again because it was difficult getting out of bed. I was constantly drowsy with joint pains, lower back pains, swollen knees and ankles, occasional itchy throat, usually wake up in the morning with tingling or numb fingers all swollen. I had 2 mild accidents while driving due to drowsiness. My doctor made me do so many tests: ECG, Cortisol test, cholesterols etc. but I didn’t know what was the cause of my ailments until I ran out of my med during this Covid-19 lockdown for 3 days and all my symptoms disappeared except that my bp was 145/80 so I stopped taking these two med. I’m back on water pills only, trying to lose weight: I have never felt so good in about 3 years! Please monitor your symptoms or lifestyle changes while on Atenolol”

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Gavilan · Taken for 1 to 6 months · April 23, 2020

For Anxiety: “I don’t normally have high BP or anxiety. I was prescribed atenolol 25 mg daily years ago in the midst of a divorce, by a concerned obgyn who was worried about my very high BP and stress/anxiety. I’m so glad he recommended this over anti-anxiety meds! It really helped me sleep and got me through that tough time. I appreciate its subtle calming affect that does not alter my mood. I began taking it again 6 weeks ago due to stress, and again I’m so impressed with how subtle it is and how “normal” I feel. I’m now cutting the dose down to 12.5 mg because it was making me a little too drowsy. I hope that’s a good sign that my anxiety is coming back down. Atenolol is a great option to try before heading to the heavier anti-anxiety arsenal, I think.”

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Sergeant Tubbs · June 18, 2019

For Anxiety: “I've suffered situational anxiety for 4 years. Every time I had to speak in a group I'd have a panic attack. My heart would pound in my chest like a jackhammer and my voice would shake. It was so embarrassing and I feared it would hurt my career. I tried behavioral therapy and benzos to manage my anxiety. Nothing really worked until I tried Atenolol. It is an absolute Godsend. It steadied my heart rate and enabled me to not only speak in groups but also deliver presentations in front of a bunch of people. I highly recommend Atenolol for people suffering situational anxiety. I had one bad experience in public speaking my brain had learned to flood my body with adrenal any time I had to speak in public. The fight-or-flight response in my body created a vicious cycle where I would fear being afraid. I recommend behavioral therapy in conjunction with taking Atenolol. Therapy can help you understand the root mental/emotional cause of your anxiety.”

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LesF · Taken for 10 years or more · April 8, 2020

For High Blood Pressure: “I have been on this medication atenolol since I was 19, I am now 50 (31 years). When I first started taking it, I struggled with the fatigue, difficulty concentrating and staying awake during the day. So, instead of taking it in the morning, I take it before bed to sleep off the side effects. I like this medication, it works well for me. I have tried other medications for short periods of time but ended up requesting atenolol because I am very familiar with it and it has fewer side effects.”

9 / 10
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lizzzz · March 7, 2012

Tenormin (atenolol) for Anxiety: “This pill slows my heart down and relaxes me. I actually feel calm. I also take 0.5 Xanax with this and Wellbutrin 200mg. I have agoraphobia and these pills together help me function NORMALLY. YES CAN YOU BELIEVE IT **NORMALLY**. I never thought normal would ever be in my vocab.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · May 11, 2021

For Anxiety: “I needed to share my experience with this drug. If I could go back in time, I WOULD HAVE NEVER TAKEN THIS! It worked well for my anxiety but the side effects I experienced a month later of taking this at a 12.5-25 mg dosage was awful. I had extreme shortness of breath, chest pains, tingling in my arms (especially my left arm) and feeling lethargic. I stopped taking this medication right when these side effects started as I thought I was having a heart attack and it has been the worst medication to come off of. I stopped taking this a WEEK AGO and I have had unbearable anxiety, heart palpitations all day and night, lethargy, insomnia etc. I see my doctor this week to get an EKG and do other testing after taking this drug. I know everyone's experience is different but this drug for me was a true nightmare. Side effects on any medication can start at anytime not just right away. What I had to go through this last week withdrawing from the drug, I wouldn't wish on anyone”

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Advoman · Taken for less than 1 month · February 13, 2021

For High Blood Pressure: “I was prescribed Altenolol for minor high blood pressure due to pain. I’m not one take medication. The first day taking Altenolol. I was very fatigued. Second day I had a rash on my back and stomach area! The itching was like having poison Ivy. Horrible! Had to go to urgent care for a shot to stop the itching. After dealing with that issue I decided to go back to natural ways. Started on a red beet supplements! BP went down to 102-67 in three days, From 158/101. I feel like I am 25! Feeling great using natural resources instead of chemicals.”

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Your Favorite Musician · Taken for 10 years or more · August 26, 2016

For High Blood Pressure: “I have been taking 50 mg per day of atenolol, for 29 years, now. It has done two things for me. It has controlled my blood pressure dependably and it has made me a much calmer person. I have had no side effects, unless you consider being more calm a side effect. I was 33 years old, when I started atenolol and I am now 62.”

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MayaJ · April 16, 2016

For Anxiety: “I was actually prescribed Atenoprol for my high blood pressure but a week after starting, I was sitting in a board room about to present and noticed that I was surprisingly calm. For years I had suffered with panic attacks and severe anxiety when making presentations which I have to do frequently at work...So horribly embarrassing and uncontrollable. My bp is down too and do far no side effects.”

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Katka · Taken for less than 1 month · September 13, 2020

For Anxiety: “It’s only been two days but my BP is lower than it’s been all year. I have rebound insomnia From Klonopin withdrawal- not my choice. Pharmacy refused to refill it after 23 years. I went through a nightmare withdrawal. Haven’t slept more than two hours a night in six months. Then all the things I was taking it for came right back. Anxiety, spasms, constant twitching etc. I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, severe spinal stenosis. Sleep was always poor - woke constantly in a panic. The last two nights I’ve slept almost six hours without waking. So far no side effects. This med is a God send. Plus it was only $3.24 for a 90 day supply.”

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Momma dog18 · February 14, 2018

Tenormin (atenolol) for Anxiety: “I take these specifically for anxiety and it works like a dream for me. I wanted to go on something that was not addictive and I didn’t want anything that made me feel like a zombie. I wish more doctors would use medications like this as a first line treatment as it doesn’t take 4-6 weeks to get to a therapeutic level like antidepressants and there is not a risk of dependence like there is with benzodiazepines.”

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Paffy · November 25, 2016

For High Blood Pressure: “I know it's been at least 15 yrs taking this medication. It's the ONLY one I take. It does the job no anxiety and blood pressure low. I'm 48yrs old and it does seem like I'm experience the few side affects now. I'm tired, don't sleep well, sex drive is decreased. My biggest complaint about the medication is that All OUR doctor's give us absolutely NO homeopathic alternative!!!! I read All 4 pages of comments and no one has been offered a better solution.I know drugs help but the dependency is beyond belief. A person on here posted a comment about the pharmaceutical industry depend on All of US to use these medications. With out a better solution. To me we've become drug addicts. There's gotta be a better,Natural solution to our problems.”

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consuelo1234 · August 16, 2016

For High Blood Pressure: “Atenolol What a joke, sure it lowers your blood pressure at what cost ,you lose your inner well being thank God i found about Nitric Factor, I am now on 12.5 mg of Atenolol to keep my heart rate at about 60 even after alcohol. I was on 50 mg a day and really felt i was not enjoying my life as felt so ill !!!!!!!! My B/P is now 130/70 it was 160/90. I know we are all different but to be honest for me i hated the dose i was given with such horrific side effects for me. I only hope this helps just one person in life as these Cardiologists have no idea of the true side affects.”

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Ch0000002 · January 4, 2013

For Anxiety: “I was prescribed atenolol for an irregular heartbeat and it worked like a charm. I have not had an episode since I started it. I also noticed a pronounced calming effect as well, which I wasn't expecting but has been welcome. The only side effect I notice is an increase in urinary urgency.”

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Thankful lady · August 23, 2016

For Anxiety: “I have been taking the generic Tenormin (atenenol) for probably 32 years now. 25 mg. I take it at night. Never had a problem, EXCEPT when I could not see my doctor and had to see someone else in the practice. He thought I should get off the drug; said there were new better things. He took me off it and I was going on vacation the next day or so. Worse vacation ever. I thought I was dying. My heart was pounding. I thought I would die up in the mountains. Got back on Atenol when I got back home. Everything was normal. If I accidently miss a day or so, I can tell the difference. I don't know about all the side effects other people have had, but it works great for me.”

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hsz33 · Taken for 10 years or more · July 18, 2019

For High Blood Pressure: “Lowers my blood pressure 110/70 pulse 65 and keeps anxiety at bay. Love it. I've been taking atenolol since I was 33 years old and now I am 50. Downside, it keeps your sexual drive at bay too for the last 3 years. 25mg twice a day. (morning + evening)”

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Notbroken · October 15, 2015

For Anxiety: “This is the best drug ever. I was prescribed this because I had rapid and forceful heartbeating due to panic and anxiety. Then I eliminated my panic attacks, while also lowering my blood pressure AND eliminating my daily headaches. This drug is amazing 50mg”

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Arby · Taken for 1 to 2 years · January 6, 2020

For High Blood Pressure: “I took atenolol for about a year. Suddenly noticed a weakness in my upper legs for a month then started swelling with pain in my hands and wrists, feet and ankles. My memory was also deteriorating. The pain was excruciating. It was the only medication I was taking but 5 doctors never linked my condition to the drug. This continued for months until one day I decided to quit the drug and see what happened. Within a few days the swelling subsided and was then gone within a short time. I lived with the pain for 2 1/2 to 3 years, now I feel it no longer and it took that long for my memory to improve.”

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SlamDancer · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · June 26, 2013

For Anxiety: “I was originally prescribed atenolol for mitral valve prolapse but it does an excellent job of helping me manage physical anxiety symptoms as well. Shakes, sweats, hot flashes, palpitations are all greatly reduced. I also have glaucoma and have noticed a slight decrease in my Intraocular Pressure while taking atenolol. Overall, a very valuable medicine with many benefits.”

9 / 10
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512707 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · May 29, 2018

For High Blood Pressure: “My doctor recommended a low dose of atenolol for high blood pressure (25mg once a day) and I was afraid to take it after reading reviews here! But I am happy to report that the drug is working great for me, bringing my blood pressure from borderline back into the normal range. I am not experiencing any side effects. I would recommend to a friend!”

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Mike · December 28, 2019

For High Blood Pressure: “I went through a very stressful time in my life 3 years ago. My bp was 200/100. My doctor prescribed atenolol chlorithaldone 50-25, losartan potassium, amlodipine besylate, and klor con 20. My bp and bloodwork was normal. A year later the dr says I have high cholesterol and stage 3 kidney disease. I also lost my sex drive, experience depression, dizziness, leg and feet pain, charley horses mostly while sleeping, and water retention in my ankles and feet. Two years later I went into cardiac arrest, which was caused by low blood pressure. Imaging and found no heart problems. The dr took me off everything but the atenolol chlorthalidone and klor con. My bp is ok, but now I have extreme pain in my lower left leg and foot, that seems to move. My toes feel like they are asleep. I can barely walk. My potassium level is ok. I'm buying a pill splitter and going to ween off the atenolol which I know is causing my problems.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months · April 17, 2014

For High Blood Pressure: “I've been on 100 mg of this medication and it did exactly what it was supposed to do. It lowered my blood pressure and I also got the side benefit of reduced anxiety. No bad side effects whatsoever. This one is a 10 in my book.”

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Meyd · Taken for 1 to 6 months · October 30, 2020

For Anxiety: “Atenolol worked fantastic for my performance anxiety. I had a big fear of public speaking, and whenever I needed to do a work presentation, my heart would beat so fast that I would get short of breath and wouldn't be able to speak properly, with shaky voice etc. My GP prescribed me 50mg atenolol to take 1 hour before, and it works great, by removing the rapid heart beat. Propranolol appears to be the most common prescribed medication for this issue, however I found Atenolol does the job perfectly.”

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Duchess · Taken for less than 1 month · April 17, 2021

For High Blood Pressure: “This is by far one of the worst meds for high blood pressure. This stuff gave me paranoia. I have never experienced anything like this in my life. And no it didn't help my blood pressure, made it higher.”

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