Atenolol is a medication used to treat certain heart diseases, such as arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) for dogs and cats. Atenolol is in a class of drugs called beta-blockers. It is used for the treatment of heart disease, including arrhythmias, in cats, dogs, and certain other small animals. It slows the heart rate and causes the heart to work more efficiently. Atenolol works by blocking a specific type of receptor in the heart. This decreases the heart rate, blood pressure, and the workload of the heart.
Atenolol is a beta-blocker that works by affecting the response to nerve impulses in certain parts of the body. As a result, the heart beats slower and decreases blood pressure. When your pet's blood pressure is lowered, the amount of blood and oxygen to the heart is increased
Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Atenolol can be given with or without food. Atenolol should be given with lots of water. not stop giving atenolol abruptly unless you are directed to do so by the veterinarian. Stopping abruptly may make the condition worse. Store atenolol at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.
Tip: Do not stop giving atenolol abruptly unless you are directed to do so by your veterinarian. Stopping abruptly may make the condition worse. Atenolol may cause drowsiness.
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Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, as they may interact with Atenolol. If your pet experiences any unusual side effects contact your veterinarian.
Pets already on a beta blocker must be evaluated carefully before atenolol is administered. Initial and subsequent atenolol dosages can be adjusted downward depending on clinical observations including pulse and blood pressure. Atenolol may aggravate peripheral arterial circulatory disorders. Use with caution in animals with kidney disease, diabetes and certain types of lung diseases such as asthma. This medication should not be used in pets with certain heart conditions.
This drug is FDA-approved for human use. However, it is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe such drugs for use in dogs and cats.
May cause tiredness, diarrhea; low blood pressure which would cause faintness, weakness, or dizziness. May constrict the bronchi, causing coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing. It may cause the heart rate to be too slow if given at an improper dose. Consult with your veterinarian if you notice any of the above side effects.
Should be stored at room temperature.