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Tenormin I.V. Injection

Last reviewed on RxList: 6/27/2017
Discontinued Warning IconPlease Note: This Brand Name drug is no longer available in the US.
(Generic versions may still be available.)

Tenormin IV Injection Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 6/27/2017

Tenormin IV Injection (atenolol) is a beta-blocker used mainly for control of hypertension, angina, for management of acute myocardial infarction and occasionally for thyroid storm management. The brand name drug Tenormin is no longer available in the U.S. It may be available in generic form. Side effects of Tenormin include dizziness, faintness, feeling lightheaded, lethargy, fatigue, mild slow heart rate, depression, insomnia, nightmares, shortness of breath, constipation, indigestion, dry mouth, impotence, cold feeling in the hands and feet, confusion, and swelling. Serious side effects of Tenormin may include irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure (hypotension), pulmonary emboli, chest pain, and bronchospasm.

Tenormin is available in 25, 50 and 100 mg strength tablets; it is also available vials of 5 mg atenolol in ten ml of citrate-buffered solution for intravenous injection. The IV preparation should only be administered by trained personnel. The usual dose for tablets begins at 25 mg once or twice per day and is modified by patient response to the medication. The following information applies to both the tablet and IV forms of atenolol. Use with calcium channel blockers (CCBs) may precipitate bradycardia. This medication should be used during pregnancy only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby. This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult the doctor before breastfeeding. Women taking Tenormin should discuss the risks and benefits with their doctor. Safety and effectiveness has not been established in pediatric patients.

Our Tenormin IV Injection Side Effects Drug Center provide a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Tenormin IV Injection Professional Information


Most adverse effects have been mild and transient.

The frequency estimates in the following table were derived from controlled studies in hypertensive patients in which adverse reactions were either volunteered by the patient (US studies) or elicited, eg, by checklist (foreign studies). The reported frequency of elicited adverse effects was higher for both TENORMIN and placebo-treated patients than when these reactions were volunteered. Where frequency of adverse effects of TENORMIN and placebo is similar, causal relationship to TENORMIN is uncertain.

(US Studies)
Total - Volunteered and Elicited (Foreign+US Studies)
(n=164) %
(n=206) %
(n=399) %
(n=407) %
  Bradycardia 3 0 3 0
  Cold Extremities 0 0.5 12 5
  Postural Hypotension 2 1 4 5
  Leg Pain 0 0.5 3 1
  Dizziness 4 1 13 6
  Vertigo 2 0.5 2 0.2
   Light-headedness 1 0 3 0.7
  Tiredness 0.6 0.5 26 13
  Fatigue Lethargy 3 1 1 0 6 3 5 0.7
  Drowsiness 0.6 0 2 0.5
  Depression 0.6 0.5 12 9
  Dreaming 0 0 3 1
  Diarrhea 2 0 3 2
  Nausea 4 1 3 1
  Wheeziness 0 0 3 3
  Dyspnea 0.6 1 6 4

Acute Myocardial Infarction

In a series of investigations in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction, bradycardia and hypotension occurred more commonly, as expected for any beta blocker, in atenololtreated patients than in control patients. However, these usually responded to atropine and/or to withholding further dosage of atenolol. The incidence of heart failure was not increased by atenolol. Inotropic agents were infrequently used. The reported frequency of these and other events occurring during these investigations is given in the following table. In a study of 477 patients, the following adverse events were reported during either intravenous and/or oral atenolol administration:

  Conventional Therapy Plus Atenolol
Conventional Therapy Alone
Bradycardia 43 (18%) 24 (10%)
Hypotension 60 (25%) 34 (15%)
Bronchospasm 3 (1.2%) 2 (0.9%)
Heart Failure 46 (19%) 56 (24%)
Heart Block 11 (4.5%) 10 (4.3%)
BBB + Major    
Axis Deviation 16 (6.6%) 28 (12%)
Supraventricular Tachycardia 28 (11.5%) 45 (19%)
Atrial Fibrillation 12 (5%) 29 (11%)
Atrial Flutter 4 (1.6%) 7 (3%)
Ventricular Tachycardia 39 (16%) 52 (22%)
Cardiac Reinfarction 0 (0%) 6 (2.6%)
Total Cardiac Arrests 4 (1.6%) 16 (6.9%)
Nonfatal Cardiac Arrests 4 (1.6%) 12 (5.1%)
Deaths 7 (2.9%) 16 (6.9%)
Cardiogenic Shock 1 (0.4%) 4 (1.7%)
Development of Ventricular    
Septal Defect 0 (0%) 2 (0.9%)
Development of Mitral    
Regurgitation 0 (0%) 2 (0.9%)
Renal Failure 1 (0.4%) 0 (0%)
Pulmonary Emboli 3 (1.2%) 0 (0%)

In the subsequent International Study of Infarct Survival (ISIS-1) including over 16,000 patients of whom 8,037 were randomized to receive TENORMIN treatment, the dosage of intravenous and subsequent oral TENORMIN was either discontinued or reduced for the following reasons:

  Reasons for Reduced Dosage
IV Atenolol Reduced Dose ( < 5 mg)* Oral Partial Dose
Hypotension/Bradycardia 105 (1.3%) 1168 (14.5%)
Cardiogenic Shock 4 (.04%) 35 (.44%)
Reinfarction 0 (0%) 5 (.06%)
Cardiac Arrest 5 (.06%) 28 (.34%)
Heart Block ( > first degree) 5 (.06%) 143 (1.7%)
Cardiac Failure 1 (.01%) 233 (2.9%)
Arrhythmias 3 (.04%) 22 (.27%)
Bronchospasm 1 (.01%) 50 (.62%)
*Full dosage was 10 mg and some patients received less than 10 mg but more than 5 mg.

During postmarketing experience with TENORMIN, the following have been reported in temporal relationship to the use of the drug: elevated liver enzymes and/or bilirubin, hallucinations, headache, impotence, Peyronie's disease, postural hypotension which may be associated with syncope, psoriasiform rash or exacerbation of psoriasis, psychoses, purpura, reversible alopecia, thrombocytopenia, visual disturbance, sick sinus syndrome, and dry mouth. TENORMIN, like other beta blockers, has been associated with the development of antinuclear antibodies (ANA), lupus syndrome, and Raynaud's phenomenon.

Potential Adverse Effects

In addition, a variety of adverse effects have been reported with other beta-adrenergic blocking agents, and may be considered potential adverse effects of TENORMIN.

Hematologic: Agranulocytosis.

Allergic: Fever, combined with aching and sore throat, laryngospasm, and respiratory distress.

Central Nervous System: Reversible mental depression progressing to catatonia; an acute reversible syndrome characterized by disorientation of time and place; short-term memory loss; emotional lability with slightly clouded sensorium; and, decreased performance on neuropsychometrics.

Gastrointestinal: Mesenteric arterial thrombosis, ischemic colitis.

Other: Erythematous rash.

Miscellaneous: There have been reports of skin rashes and/or dry eyes associated with the use of beta-adrenergic blocking drugs. The reported incidence is small, and in most cases, the symptoms have cleared when treatment was withdrawn. Discontinuance of the drug should be considered if any such reaction is not otherwise explicable. Patients should be closely monitored following cessation of therapy. (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.)

The oculomucocutaneous syndrome associated with the beta blocker practolol has not been reported with TENORMIN. Furthermore, a number of patients who had previously demonstrated established practolol reactions were transferred to TENORMIN therapy with subsequent resolution or quiescence of the reaction.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Tenormin IV Injection (Atenolol Inj)

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