October 22, 2012

What is Atenolol?

Filed under: high blood pressure,high cholesterol,migraine headaches,migraines — robertprice @ 11:05 am

Atenolol is a type of drug known as a beta-blocker. It works on the body’s natural chemicals that help to regulate the heart and the blood vessels. The result is a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate.

Doctors prescribe atenolol for the following reasons:

  • To prevent heart attacks
  • To prevent kidney problems
  • To prevent strokes
  • To enhance survival after a heart attack
  • To treat chest pains
  • To treat high blood pressure
  • To treat irregular heartbeats
  • To handle symptoms related to alcohol withdrawal
  • To prevent migraine headaches

Using Atenolol

Atenolol is taken as a pill, with or without a meal. It’s taken once to twice daily, or as instructed by your physician.

Dosage can vary, depending on your condition and your physician’s advice. A lot depends on you and your body’s response to the treatment.

Most patients with high blood pressure do not actually feel sick. If this is you, be sure to still take your medication regularly as directed. Even if you feel fine.

If atenolol has been prescribed to you for chest pain, regular use is needed for best effectiveness.

However, atenolol should not be used to treat chest pain when it does happen. Other medications must be prescribed to relieve this condition. Talk to your doctor right away if you have chest pain and are on atenolol.

Side Effects of Atenolol

Some adverse drug effects may include:

  • Cold hands and feet. This happens because of the reduction of blood flowing into these areas.
  • Dizziness.
  • Lightheadedness.
  • Nausea.
  • Tiredness.

Serious side effects, while unlikely to happen, may include:

  • Breathing problems.
  • Extremely slow heartbeat.
  • Fainting.
  • Mood or mental changes.
  • Serious allergic reactions, especially to the face, tongue or throat area.
  • Severe headache.

Seek medical help right away if you feel any of these.

Atenolol: Off-Label

Some doctors prescribe atenolol for anxiety.

While not officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), atenolol has been shown to help control the physical effects of anxiety, rapid heartbeat, but not the psychological symptoms that cause the physical effects.

It works by helping reduce an irregularly fast heartbeat and high blood pressure. By controlling these two physical symptoms, the brain can stop providing feedbacks. When anxious, knowing you have a fast heartbeat, feeling your heart race, can intensify your anxiety.

A further advantage in using this medicine for anxiety disorders is the improvement in the quality of a patient’s life that it brings compared to other drugs.  Atenolol was found not to induce functional difficulties as a result of drowsiness. There is also no risk of a patient becoming too dependent on this medicine, which is a danger that comes with other kinds of anxiety medications.

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February 2, 2009

Can Topamax help me?

Filed under: migraine headaches,seizures,Topamax,Uncategorized — robertprice @ 3:28 pm

Topamax helps control seizures (convulsions) in adults or children with various forms of epilepsy. Topamax, also known as an anticonvulsant, works by affecting chemicals in the brain to help reduce seizure activity. Topamax may also be prescribed to prevent migraine headaches and decrease.

Before taking Topamax tell your doctor if you have/are:

  • take any prescription or nonprescription medicine
  • pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant
  • breastfeeding
  • kidney disease or a history of kidney stones;
  • liver disease
  • glaucoma
  • asthma, emphysema, or bronchitis; or
  • if you have recently had surgery

Topamax may trigger serious nearsightedness and also increased pressure inside the eye during the first month of treatment. If you experience blurred vision or eye pain, call your doctor immediately. Stopping the drug may be needed to avoid permanent vision loss. Do not suddenly stop taking Topamax. If the drug isn’t withdrawn regularly, the frequency of your seizures could increase.

How do I take Topamax?

Follow the directions on the label of your medication and take Topamax as prescribed by your doctor. To be able to achieve the best results, your doctor may change the dosage occasionally. Take Topamax with a full glass of water; make sure the capsule is swallowed whole; if tablet is chewed or broken the capsule produces a bitter taste. You may also take it with or without food. If it is difficult to swallow the capsule when taking medicine with food, try opening the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce, custard, ice cream, oatmeal, pudding, or yogurt. This mixture can not be saved and taken at a later time. Drink additional amounts of fluids while on Topamax to decrease the risk of kidney stones or an electrolyte imbalance. Store Topamax at room temperature and away from moisture or heat. If a dose is missed, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your regular dosing schedule.

Side-effects:

Serious

  • sudden vision loss, pain around or behind your eyes
  • dry mouth, increased thirst, drowsiness, decreased sweating increased body temperature, and hot, dry skin, confusion
  • nausea, vomiting, increased urination, muscle pain or weakness
  • fast heart rate, feeling light-headed, fainting, or seizure (convulsions)
  • severe pain in your side or lower back, painful or difficult urination

Less serious

  • slowed thinking, memory problems
  • trouble concentrating
  • problems with speech or balance
  • numbness or tingling, sleep problems (insomnia)
  • headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, weight loss

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