Generic Name: Atecard (a TEN oh lol)Brand Names: Tenormin
Medically reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD Last updated on Dec 1, 2018.
You should not use this Atecard if you have a serious heart condition such as "AV block," very slow heartbeats, or heart failure.
Do not stop taking Atecard without first talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.
If you are having any type of surgery, be sure the surgeon knows ahead of time that you are using this medicine.
Atecard can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol, which could increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking Atecard.
Atecard is only part of a complete program of treatment for hypertension that may also include diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely if you are being treated for hypertension.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
What is Atecard (Tenormin)?
Atecard is a beta-blocker that affects the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins).
Atecard is used to treat angina (chest pain) and hypertension (high blood pressure). Atecard is also used to lower the risk of death after a heart attack.
Atecard may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
- shortness of breath
- swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- weight gain
Atecard may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
On this page
- About Atecard
- Key facts
- Who can and can't take Atecard
- How and when to take it
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions
Rated Atecard for Heart Disease Report
I have been on this drug for over 4 years at first it worked great but these past few months i have noticed things like a lot of the side effects this medication is suppose to help me not cause more problems i wouldn't recommend anyone taking this at all.
Before taking Atecard,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Atecard, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in Atecard tablets. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following: calcium channel blockers such as diltiazem (Cardizem, Cartia XT, Dilacor XR, Tiazac, others) and verapamil (Calan, Covera-HS, Verelan, in Tarka); clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, in Clorpres); nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as indomethacin (Indocin, Tivorbex); and reserpine. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had asthma or other lung diseases; diabetes; severe allergies; hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland); pheochromocytoma (a tumor that develops on a gland near the kidneys and may cause high blood pressure and fast heartbeat); heart failure; a slow heart rate; circulation problems; or heart or kidney disease.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Atecard, call your doctor immediately.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Atecard.
- you should know that if you have allergic reactions to different substances, your reactions may be worse while you are using Atecard, and your allergic reactions may not respond to the usual doses of injectable epinephrine.
7. Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Atecard is not usually recommended in pregnancy.
If you're trying to get pregnant or already pregnant, talk to your doctor about the benefits and possible harms of taking Atecard.
There may be other medicines that are safer for you. Labetalol is a similar medicine that's often recommended for high blood pressure in pregnancy.
For more information about how Atecard can affect you and your baby during pregnancy, visit the best use of medicines in pregnancy (BUMPS) website.
Taking indomethacin with Atecard can reduce the blood pressure-lowering effects of Atecard.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we can not guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
This drug comes with several warnings.
How it works
Atecard belongs to a class of drugs called beta blockers. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
Beta receptors are found on cells in the heart. When adrenaline activates a beta receptor, blood pressure and heart rate go up. Beta blockers prevent adrenaline from affecting beta receptors in your blood vessels and heart. This causes blood vessels to relax. By relaxing the vessels, beta blockers help to lower blood pressure and reduce chest pain. They also help to decrease the heart's demand for oxygen.
Beta blockers don’t permanently change blood pressure and chest pain. Instead, they help to manage the symptoms.
Atecard may cause drowsiness. It can also cause other side effects.
How to take it
Atecard does not usually upset your tummy, so you can take it with or without food. It's best to do the same each day.
Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water.
If you find them difficult to swallow, some brands have a score line to help you break the tablet in half. Check the information leaflet for your brand to see if you can do this.
If you're taking Atecard as a liquid, it'll come with a plastic syringe or spoon to help you measure out the right dose.
If you do not have one, ask your pharmacist for one. Do not use a kitchen teaspoon as it will not give you the right amount of medicine.
Rated Atecard for Unstable Angina Report
I was put on 1/2 25mg tablet for skipped painful heartbeat I don't know what u call that and a high heart rate it stopped the pain in the heart but has caused severe depression while on antidepressants severe pain in all my joints knees elbows shoulders and muscles and now as of tonight itching and sore spots on my tongue and nausea I am going to discontinue this drug and will contact my doctor in the am. In my opinion this can be a dangerous drug severe depression my poor husband would agree not good for me. Itching burning itching of my shin. So please be advised because they said no rash or joint pain i say severe side affects for me.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Atecard if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
a serious heart condition such as "AV block" (second or third degree);
very slow heartbeats; or
decompensated heart failure.
To make sure Atecard is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
congestive heart failure;
coronary artery disease;
asthma, bronchitis, emphysema;
liver or kidney disease;
pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland);
peripheral vascular disease such as Raynaud's syndrome; or
allergies (or if you are undergoing allergy treatments or skin-testing).
Using Atecard during pregnancy could harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while using this medicine.
Atecard can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Atecard is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.