Atenolol Pet Medication
- Availability: Prescription
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- What is Atenolol used for?
Atenolol is a beta-blocker used to treat certain heart conditions such as arrythmias. It may also be used to lower blood pressure and to treat enlarged hearts in cats
- How Atenolol should be used?
Atenolol is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs, cats and ferrets. The usual dose and the frequency of administration is based on the condition and the animal’s response to therapy.
- What are the side effects?
Side effects of atenolol may include slowed heart rate, lethargy, depression, hypotension, and hypoglycemia. Syncope and diarrhea have also been reported.
- What special precautions are there?
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to it or other beta-blockers. Use with caution in patients with kidney disease, lung disease and certain heart conditions. Use with caution in patients with diabetes. Use with caution when given with metaproterenol, terbutaline, epinephrine and phenylpropanolamine which may reduce the effectiveness of atenolol. Phenothiazines (Acepromazine), furosemide (Salix, Lasix) and hydralazine (Apresoline) may increase the risk of low blood pressure. Use with caution when given with Insulin and calcium channel blockers. The veterinarian should be notified if the animal becomes lethargic or becomes exercise intolerant, develops shortness of breath or cough, or develops a change in behavior or attitude. Do not stop the medication without first consulting a veterinarian.
- In the event of overdose?
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include very slow heart rate, inability to exercise, shortness of breath, cough or change in behavior or attitude.
- How should I store Atenolol?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store tablets at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and should NOT be considered veterinary advice. Any veterinary questions should be referred to your veterinarian. This information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. Please make your own inquiries with your veterinarian for the suitability of a product for your pet.