Are Betapace and Tenormin the Same Thing?
Betapace is used to treat ventricular arrhythmias.
Betapace may also interact with amiodarone, ketoconazole, itraconazole, calcium channel blockers, beta-agonists, tricyclic antidepressants, insulin or oral diabetes medicines, other medicines that contain sotalol, and antacids containing aluminum or magnesium.
Tenormin may also interact with digitalis and indomethacin.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Betapace?
Side effects of Betapace include:
- slow heart rate,
- chest pain,
- upset stomach,
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- pain in your arms or legs, or
- decreased sexual ability.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Tenormin?
Common side effects of Tenormin include:
- feeling lightheaded,
- mild slow heart rate,
- shortness of breath,
- dry mouth,
- cold feeling in the hands and feet,
- confusion, and
Serious side effects of Tenormin may include:
- irregular heartbeat,
- low blood pressure (hypotension),
- pulmonary emboli,
- chest pain, and
What Is Betapace?
What Is Tenormin?
Tenormin 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.
What Drugs Interact With Betapace?
What Drugs Interact With Tenormin?
Tenormin may interact with heart medications.
Tenormin may also interact with allergy treatments (or if you are undergoing allergy skin-testing), amiodarone, clonidine, digoxin, disopyramide, guanabenz, MAO inhibitors, diabetes medications, medicine for asthma or other breathing disorders, cold medicines, stimulant medicines, or diet pills.
How Should Betapace Be Taken?
The recommended dose for adults is 80 to 160 mg twice daily.
How Should Tenormin Be Taken?
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.
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DailyMed. Betapace AF Product Information.
FDA. Tenormin Product Information.