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11.03 Atenolol (Tenormin)

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Generic Name

Atenolol

Trade Name

Tenormin

Indication

Hypertension, angina, prevention of MI

Action

Blocks the stimulation of beta1 receptors in the SNS with minimal effect on beta2 receptors

Therapeutic Class

Antianginal, antihypertensive

Pharmacologic Class

Beta blocker

Nursing Considerations

• Contraindicated in CHF, pulmonary edema, cardiogenic shock, bradycardia,
heart block
• Monitor hemodynamic parameters (HR, BP)
• May cause bradycardia, CHF, pulmonary edema
• Masks symptoms associated with diabetes mellitus
• Advise to change positions slowly to prevent orthostatic hypotension
• Instruct patient on how to take blood pressure

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