Drugs Name Therabloc

Generic Name Atenolol

Brand Name





Side Effect/Adverse Reaction CNS: fatigue, weakness, dizziness, depression, insomnia, memory loss, mental stats changes, nightmares, anxiety, nervousness, drowsiness. EENT: blurred vision, stuffy nose. Resp: bronchospasm, wheezing. CV: bradycardia, congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, peripheral vasoconstriction ,hypotension. GI: constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, liver function abnormalities.

Nursing Consideration _Check apical pulse before giving drug; if slower than 60 beats/minute, withhold drug and call prescriber. _Monitor patient's blood pressure. _Monitor hemodialysis patients closely because of hypotension risk. _Beta blockers may mask tachycardia caused by hyperthyroidism. In patients with suspected thyrotoxicosis, withdraw beta blocker gradually to avoid thyroid storm. _Drug may mask signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia in diabetic patients. _Drug may cause changes in exercise

Patient Teachings _Instruct patient to take drug exactly as prescribed, at the same time every day. _Caution patient not to stop drug suddenly, but to notify prescriber if unpleasant adverse reactions occur. _Teach patient how to take his pulse. Tell him to withhold drug and call prescriber if pulse rate is below 60 beats/minute. _Tell woman of childbearing age to notify prescriber about planned, suspected, or known pregnancy. Drug will need to be stopped.

Therabloc Antihypertensive, Hypertensio Antianginal, n; angina Antiarryhthmic pectoris; MCI; PVC; unlabeled uses: prevention of migraine headaches, managemen t of tremors, alcohol withdrawal, and anxiety


Block stimulation of beta1 (myo cardial) adrenergic receptors. Do not usually affect beta2 (pulm onary, vascular, uterine) receptor sites. Therapeutic Effects: decreased blood pressure and heart rate, decreased frequency of attacks of angina pectoris, slowing of ventricular response

back pain.GU: impotence. _Alert: Withdraw drug gradually over 2 weeks to avoid serious adverse reactions. decreased libido. . hypoglycemia MS: joint pain. drug isn't recommended for breast-feeding women. Derm: rashes Endo: hyperglycemia. _Advise breastfeeding mother to contact prescriber. _Don't confuse atenolol with timolol or albuterol. arthralgia tolerance and ECG. urinary frequency.

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