Tenoretic is sometimes prescribed as Tenoretic 50 or Tenoretic 100, or generically prescribed as atenolol and chlorthalidone. Tenoretic is a combination of two medications and belongs to the families of medications known as the beta blockers and the thiazide diuretics. The diuretic portion of the medicine is designed to help the body release salts as well as help prevent the build up of salts, which ultimately help reduce fluid retention while the beta blocker portion of this medication is designed to ease the strain of the heart’s demands by easing the arteries and veins into a more relaxed position. Tenoretic is most often prescribed to help treat hypertension.
Not all patients will be able to handle Tenoretic, and a thorough medical history should be evaluated prior to prescribing this medication. Patients with a medical history which includes heart diseases and especially heart block or slow heart rhythm, previous allergies to sulfa drugs, or inability to urinate should not take this medication. Patients with a medical history which includes circulation problems, psoriasis, breathing disorders such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema, thyroid disorders, gout, lupus, adrenal gland tumor, kidney disease, liver disease, or congestive heart failure may or may not be able to tolerate Tenoretic with cautious, continuous monitoring.
Women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are nursing should tell the prescribing physician before taking this or any other medication. The American Food and Drug Administration rated Tenoretic a category D pregnancy risk. This means that there is a likelihood that Tenoretic will cause serious harm to an unborn fetus. Effective birth control is recommended while undergoing drug therapy with this medication. Women who are nursing should not take this medication as it is likely to pass through the mother’s breast milk and harm a nursing infant.
Patients should always instruct their physician regarding their current medications, and a thorough assessment should be evaluated before prescribing this medication. Patients should never take any additional medication without consulting with the prescribing physician first. This applies to all prescription medications, over the counter medications, herbal remedies, and vitamin supplements. Medication with a known history of serious interactions with Tenoretic include steroid medications, diabetes medications (both oral and injected,) diuretics, lithium, digoxin, indomethacin, dobutamine, isoproterenol, and additional medications relating to blood pressure.
Patients should always follow the prescribed instructions and should never take additional medicine without consulting their physician. In the event of a missed dose, the dose can be taken when remembered, or skipped altogether if it is almost time for the next dose. Taking too much medication in a short period of time can lead to an overdose.
An overdose requires urgent medical assistance. Symptoms of an overdose are likely to include chest pain, dizziness, light headedness, swelling, fainting, slow heart rhythm, wheezing, distressed breathing, extreme sleepiness, coma, or death.
Patients are likely to experience side effects when taking Tenoretic, most of which are mild. Side effects which are mild should be discussed with the prescribing physician and may include tiredness, depression, dizziness, unusual, intense, or frequent dream cycles, mild nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite, diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, skin rash, headache, blurry vision, or dry eyes.
Serious side effects require immediate medical care and the patient should be seen at the nearest emergency room. Serious side effects may include the signs of an allergic reaction; swelling of the face, tongue, throat, or mouth, distressed breathing, hives, and itching. Other serious, life threatening side effects include the symptoms of a heart attack (chest pain or heaviness which spreads to the arms, general illness, difficulty breathing,) slow heart rate, uneven heart rate, swelling, very rapid weight gain, confusion, cold feet or hands, hallucinations, easy bruising, bleeding, marked weakness, significant shortness of breath, nausea with stomach pain, jaundice, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, and clay colored stools, fainting, dry mouth, excessive thirst, restlessness, muscle pain and weakness, fast heart rate, or a decrease in the ability to produce urine.
Tenoretic has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of tenoretic is C14H22N2O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-[4-[2-hydroxy-3-(1-methylethylamino)propoxy]phenyl]ethanamide
• Molecular weight is 266.336 g/mol
• Tenoretic available : 25mg tablets
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