Consumer medicine information


Atenolol 50 mg tablets

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some of the common questions about ANSELOL tablets. It does not contain all the available information. It doesnot take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking ANSELOL tablets against thebenefits the medicine is expected to have for you. If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What is ANSELOL used for?

ANSELOL tablets are an effective treatment for hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (heart pain) and cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heart beat).

How does ANSELOL work and whatdoes it do?

ANSELOL is a selective beta-blocker. It reduces raised blood pressure and protects against heart irregularities caused by exercise.

ANSELOL reduces the amount of work that the left chamber of the heart needs to do. This means that less oxygen is required by the heart muscle, reducing the frequency and severity of angina attacks.

When should ANSELOL tablets not be taken?

ANSELOL can reduce the effectiveness of asthma drugs. ANSELOL should therefore be used with great caution, only upon medical advice, by asthmatics, hayfever sufferers and people with lung diseases.

ANSELOL should not be taken by people suffering from uncontrolled heart failure, congestive heart failure, right ventricular failure secondary to pulmonary hypertension, significant right ventricular hypertrophy, sick sinus syndrome, sinus bradycardia, second and third degree AV block, cardiogenic and hypovolaemic shock, hypotension (low blood pressure), metabolic acidosis, severe peripheral circulatory disturbances and untreated pheochromocytoma (a rare tumour of the adrenal glands). Each of these conditions can be clearly diagnosed by a doctor. They are separate diseases from those ailments for which ANSELOL tablets are given even though some symptoms can appear to be the same. If at all concerned, see your doctor.

ANSELOL tablets should be used with caution when undergoing anaesthesia.

ANSELOL tablets should not be taken if you are having an anaesthetic that can suppress the heart.

During pregnancy and/or breast-feeding,

ANSELOL tablets should be taken only if the risk to the mother from heart disease is greater than the risk to the child. However, both mother and child should be closely monitored by the doctor.

Do not take ANSELOL tablets if you have had an allergic reaction to ANSELOL or other atenolol tablets in the past.

What precautions should be taken?

Do not stop taking ANSELOL tablets abruptly.

Advise your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking ANSELOL tablets prior to undergoing surgery or beginning further drug treatment.

Inform your doctor if you suffer from diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or kidney disease.

Also inform your doctor if you are taking medication that contains clonidine, verapamil or diltiazem (calcium antagonists) or medicines for treatment of arthritis or other inflammatory conditions eg ibuprofen.

How should I take ANSELOL tablets?

Take ANSELOL tablets by mouth with water.

Your doctor will advise you how many tablets you should take and how often these should be taken.

What if one or more doses have notbeen taken?

If there are more than 12 hours before your next dose is due, take one dose. If there are less than 12 hours before your next dose and you do not have any discomfort, wait until your next dose is due.

However, in the event that you havediscomfort or chest pains, take one dose immediately. Your next dose should be not less than 9 hours later.

What unwanted side effects might ANSELOL tablets cause?

The most common side effects are indigestion, constipation, fatigue, dizziness and wheezing.

ANSELOL tablets can rarely cause the following adverse events: rash, diarrhoea, impotence, imbalance particularly with heights, ringing of ears, malaise, headache, insomnia, dry eyes, hallucination, depression, breathing difficulties, numbness, tingling, hypotension, vivid dreams, nightmares, confusion, cold extremities and bradycardia (slow heartbeat).

In the event of a more serious side effect or if you have any concerns, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

In case of overdose

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26) if you think you or anyone else may havetaken too many Anselol tablets. Do this even if there are no signs of poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.

How should I store ANSELOL tablets?

Protect ANSELOL tablets from light and moisture. Store at a temperature below 30°C. Ensure that they are out of the reach of children.

Do not use ANSELOL tablets after the expiry date.

For further information about ANSELOL tablets consult your local health care professional or Douglas Pharmaceuticals Australia Ltd, phone 1800 678 302.


ANSELOL 50 mg tablets contain Atenolol BP50 mg.

ANSELOL tablets also contain: Maize starch, Microcrystalline cellulose, Sodium lauryl sulphate, Magnesium stearate, Sodium starch glycolate, Collodial anhydrous silica.


ANSELOL 50 mg tablets are available in blister and bottle packs of 30 tablets.

ANSELOL tablets are supplied by:

Douglas Pharmaceuticals Australia Ltd
3/10 Inglewood Place
Norwest Business Park
Baulkham Hills
NSW 2153

AUST R 77503

Updated 12 November 2003

Published by MIMS April 2005