FDA Approves AstraZeneca's Tenormin

Tenormin is in a group of drugs called beta-blockers.

Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins).

Tenormin is used to treat angina (chest pain) and hypertension (high blood pressure). It is also used to treat or prevent heart attack.

Hypertension

TENORMIN is indicated in the management of hypertension. It may be used alone or concomitantly with other antihypertensive agents, particularly with a thiazide-type diuretic.

Angina Pectoris Due to Coronary Atherosclerosis

TENORMIN is indicated for the long-term management of patients with angina pectoris.

Acute Myocardial Infarction

TENORMIN is indicated in the management of hemodynamically stable patients with definite or suspected acute myocardial infarction to reduce cardiovascular mortality. Treatment can be initiated as soon as the patient's clinical condition allows. In general, there is no basis for treating patients like those who were excluded from the ISIS-1 trial (blood pressure less than 100 mm Hg systolic, heart rate less than 50 bpm) or have other reasons to avoid beta blockade. As noted above, some subgroups (eg, elderly patients with systolic blood pressure below 120 mm Hg) seemed less likely to benefit.

What is Tenormin?

Tenormin is used to treat angina (chest pain caused by too little oxygen reaching the heart muscle), high blood pressure, and heart attack.

What is the most important information I should know about Tenormin?

You must take Tenormin regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit of Tenormin. You must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Tenormin does not cure high blood pressure. It only keeps it under control.

Tenormin should not be stopped suddenly. It can result in increased chest pain and heart attack. When stopping the drug, your doctor will gradually reduce your dosage.

Who should not take Tenormin?

Do not take Tenormin if you have a slow heartbeat, a history of serious heart block (conduction disorder), inadequate blood supply to the circulatory system (cardiogenic shock), heart failure, or if you are sensitive to any component of the drug.

Why is Tenormin prescribed?

Tenormin, a type of medication known as a beta blocker, is used in the treatment of high blood pressure, angina pectoris (chest pain, usually caused by lack of oxygen in the heart muscle due to clogged arteries), and heart attack. When used for high blood pressure it is effective alone or combined with other high blood pressure medications, particularly with a thiazide-type water pill (diuretic). Beta blockers decrease the force and rate of heart contractions.

Occasionally doctors prescribe Tenormin for treatment of alcohol withdrawal, prevention of migraine headache, and bouts of anxiety.

Most important fact about Tenormin

If you have high blood pressure, you must take Tenormin regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit of Tenormin; and you must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Tenormin does not cure high blood pressure; it merely keeps it under control.