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Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL

Manufactured byTorrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
ContainsAtenolol
Description
Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL is a beta-blocker that works on the heart and blood vessels. It is used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain. Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL causes blood vessels to relax resulting in an improved blood flow to the heart. As a result, the pressure at which blood is pumped out of the heart is reduced. It also slows down the activity of your heart allowing your heart to beat slower and less forcefully. Side-effects of Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL are dizziness, headache, breathing difficulty, and low blood pressure. If you feel dizzy or tired, care must be taken while driving a vehicle or operating machinery. Do not take this medicine if you are previously allergic to it. Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL can be taken with or without food. For the ease of remembering, take this medicine around the same time every day. Make sure to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Appropriate lifestyle changes like a low-fat diet, exercise, and stop smoking to feel better along with this medicine. You may have to take this medicine for the long-term. Do not stop taking this medicine unless your doctor tells you to stop.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Sweating
  • Cold hands or feet
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Decrease in frequency of urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Diarrhoea

Uses of Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL

What is it prescribed for?

  • Hypertension
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Myocardial Infarction
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • How long does it take for this medicine to take effect?
    Atenolol onset of action can be observed within 3 hours of oral intake. When given in the form of an intravenous infusion, the action starts in 20 minutes. You may have to take atenolol for up to 2 weeks to get the full effects.
  • How long do the effects of this medicine last?
    The effect of atenolol lasts for an average duration of 12 to 24 hours.
  • Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
    Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL because it can lower blood pressure drastically.
  • Is this a habit forming medicine?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported for Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL.
  • Can this medicine be taken during pregnancy?
    Pregnant women often are prescribed with Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL for treating heart conditions. Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL is not known to cause birth defects when taken by pregnant women. Hence it is acceptable for use upon your doctor's recommendation. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with your doctor before starting this medicine.
  • Can this medicine be taken while breast-feeding?
    Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL is not recommended for use during breastfeeding. It passes into breast milk at low levels and appears to be at little risk of adverse effects. Hence it is not acceptable for use unless your doctor recommends it.

Allergy

Avoid taking Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL if you are previously allergic to it. A serious allergic reaction to this medicine is rare. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of allergic reactions such as skin rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, breathing difficulties, etc.

Cardiogenic shock

Cardiogenic shock is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to the organs. Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL can further reduce cardiac output (amount of blood the heart pumps out in a minute) and blood pressure, which can be harmful in patients with cardiogenic shock.

Heart block greater than first degree

There are electrical signals that control the heartbeat. These signals tell your heart muscle to contract and pump blood correctly. Heart block occurs when these signals are slowed down. Heart block is named first-, second-, or third-degree. First-degree heart block is the least severe, second-degree heart block is severe and can often progress to third-degree heart block, the most severe form. Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL is not recommended to treat second or third-degree heart block that requires emergency attention.

Bradycardia

Bradycardia or slow heart rate occurs when your heart beats less than 60 times per minute. Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL is not recommended to treat a slow heart rate.

Decompensated heart failure

Decompensated heart failure is a condition where there is a change in the structure of heart tissue leading to an inability of the heart to pump and/or accommodate blood within normal pressure levels. Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL can lower the blood pressure in patients with decompensated heart failure causing a necessity for immediate medical intervention
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

Pregnant women often are prescribed with Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL for treating heart conditions. Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL is not known to cause birth defects when taken by pregnant women. Hence it is acceptable for use upon your doctor's recommendation. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with your doctor before starting this medicine.

Breast-feeding

Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL is not recommended for use during breastfeeding. It passes into breast milk at low levels and appears to be at little risk of adverse effects. Hence it is not acceptable for use unless your doctor recommends it.
General warnings

Driving or operating machinery

Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL may cause dizziness and fatigue in some people. Do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery after taking this medicine.

Major surgery

Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL should be given with caution to patients who are going to have a major surgery done. The dose should be very carefully monitored in such cases both before and after the surgical procedure.

Sports

Athletes are advised not to indulge in certain sports while using Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL. Archery, racing, shooting and other high-risk sports should be avoided. Sportspersons should refer to the list of medicines published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that are not to be taken while participating in certain specific sports events.

Hyperthyroidism

Sometimes Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL is used to control symptoms like a fast or irregular heartbeat, anxiety, heat intolerance, or shivering in patients with increased thyroid levels. If this medicine is stopped immediately in such patients, it can lead to a condition called thyroid storm, where the body suddenly starts overproducing thyroid hormones. Therefore, treatment should gradually be stopped with dose reduction over a period of 1-2 weeks.

Kidney diseases

Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL is moved out of the body by the kidney. Patients with a creatinine clearance below 35 mL/min/1.73 m2 need a special dose consideration while using Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL.

Missed Dose

Oral forms: Try not to skip a dose of atenolol. And if a dose is skipped, do not add it up to the next dose. Injection: Since atenolol injection is administered in a hospital or clinical setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of missing a dose is very low.

Overdose

Oral forms: Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose. Injection: Since atenolol injection is administered in the hospital or clinical setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by the doctor if an overdose is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL because it can lower blood pressure drastically.
Interaction with Medicine

Alprazolam

Diltiazem

Theophylline

Diclofenac

Disease interactions

Asthma/ COPD

Use Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL with caution in patients with a respiratory condition such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL can cause shortness of breath and also worsens other respiratory symptoms in such patients.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma or high eye pressure occurs when the nerve connecting the eye to the brain is damaged. Patients with glaucoma may require dose adjustments while using Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL.

Diabetes

Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL can mask the symptoms of low blood sugar in diabetic patients. Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is necessary for diabetic patients receiving this medicine.

Hyperlipidaemia

Hyperlipidaemia is a condition of high levels of fat or cholesterol in the blood. Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL can increase the cholesterol levels in the blood. Hence use Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL with caution in patients with hyperlipidaemia.
Food interactions
Using Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL together with multivitamin with minerals may reduce the effectiveness of Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL. Take Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL 2 hours before taking multivitamins with minerals.
Frequent consumption of orange juice during treatment with Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL can decrease its effectiveness.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Is atenolol a beta blocker? Yes, atenolol is a beta-blocker used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain. Oral forms: Take atenolol with or without food. Never take more than the prescribed dose. Do not give your medicine to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours. Atenolol and coffee are not recommended to use together as coffee can reduce the effectiveness of atenolol. Injection: Atenolol injection should be administered by a qualified healthcare professional in a clinic or hospital.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
Beta receptors, that are found in the heart increases the heart rate and the heart's strength of contraction. Betacard 50 MG Tablet XL blocks beta receptors and as a result, your heart beats more slowly and less forcefully. It also helps to lower the blood pressure and strain on the heart.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Cardioselective beta blockers, Beta Blockers

Schedule

Schedule H

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