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Atenolol : Interaction with Food, Herbs and Alcohol


Interaction of Atenolol with Food, Herbs and Alcohol - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Atenolol Atenolol blocks beta-1 receptors, which are present on the heart. This prevents the action of nerve chemicals adrenaline and noradrenaline on the heart. As a result, heart beats at a slower rate and with lesser force, and thus pumps out lesser blood into blood vessels. This action of atenolol reduces blood pressure in the hypertensive patients. Since the heart treated with atenolol beat slowly and with less force, it uses lesser energy thus relieving pain in angina and also reduces the risk of heart attack.

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Atenolol Interactions with Food and Herbs

Grapefruit Juice: Grapefruit juice inhibits the activity of liver enzymes which inactivate several drugs. Intake of grapefruit juice with atenolol may increase the level of atenolol in the blood.

Sodium rich foods: Foods rich in sodium content may reduce the blood pressure-lowering effect of atenolol.

Atenolol Interactions with Alcohol

The combination of atenolol with alcohol may make you feel more sleepy or drowsy and increase the risk of orthostatic hypotension (fall in blood pressure while suddenly standing or sitting up from lying position).
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How to Take the Medication -

Atenolol is available in the form of a tablet. It is usually taken once a day. Take the medicine at around the same time every day for better results. Don't exceed or skip the dose. Even if you miss, take the medicine as soon as you remember. Do not double the dose at a time to compensate the missed dose.
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