Atenolol 50mg Dilemma

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I've been taking mylan m231 for 10 years. Because of "shortage" i'm now taking zydus z66. Are these two brands exactly the same or should I expect to experience some unagreeable symptoms? I've only been on zydus brand for two days. I'm not at ease with switching brands. The pills are to help maintain blood pressure. How dare a drug company "HOOK" you on a drug for life and then they don't have them available for patients? They are putting people's lives in jeopardy. Patients like me are experiencing more anxiety and have increased blood pressure due to a lack of concern they have shown by not ending this ridiculous situation. I can't understand how mylan has had a shortage for several months and zydus has not. Is zydus using the same ingredients? If so, what's up with mylan? They should expect to be held accountable for their lack of responsibility to patients using their product. This is inexcusable.


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Verwon Says:

They contain the same active ingredient, which is Atenolol. How is the new one working for you?

The FDA lists the typical side effects of this medication as possibly including nausea, headache, dizziness, increased urination, drowsiness, and hypotension. (NDC code 0093-0752 for more information.)



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Gary Says:

Most of the answers to the question, "Are the generic atenolol the same between manufacturers?" is - the active ingredients are the same. That may be, but I can physically tell there is a difference. My pharmacy switched the manufacturer from Mylan to Sandoz without telling me, when I ran out of my Mylan I began taking the Sandoz. I could tell the very first day I switched, that something was different. I felt jittery. I thought it may be that I needed to get used to it so I took it a few more days with no change. I looked at the bottle and saw that the manufacturer changed. I went to the pharmacy and asked that they change me back to the Mylan brand. They did, all was great and then the severe shortage kicked in. I am now taking the Teva brand and I have the same jittery feeling that I had with the Sandoz. The active ingredients may be the same but whatever else is going into them is causing issues. There needs to be better oversight.

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Ruthie Says:
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Hi Gary, I can relate what you're saying. I was taking mylan m front 231 back since 1985 than cvs didn't tell me I would be getting teva manufacturer ..so I was upset thinking maybe only short time this since july 2017 i felt jittery also on edge nervous...stomach issues ..so than in Oct refill my script Zydus but I got other pharmacy give me teva so at this point in December 2017 i get SANDOZ Atenonol and omg second day fast heartbeat, irregular pulse, feeling like I'm going have a nervous meltdown. Feels like adrenaline. Also a jittery feeling causing me panic, so I called my md and I'm going in tomorrow. I can't live this way. Something is wrong. Sandoz has been worse so far. I'm so depressed. CVS is nasty, all I can say. So I'm praying tomorrow I can be helped. Mylan Atenonol never made me feel this way. You're right, there's definitely something in this pill. Thank you for sharing.

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Ruthie Says:
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Hi Gary, I was wondering if you are still taking atenonol teva? I made an appointment with my dr because I feel like something has been off in my body. My heart is not beating regular since sandoz and I feel anxious & very depressed. She checked me out and said its probably your anxiety, not focus checking my pulse. I never wheezed. Before I reached out for help I got nothing... I am at a loss. I don't want cvs to be where I get my meds anymore. Maybe one person went out of their way to try calling another store to get me mylan. When they were first on backorder they were sarcastic. I said this messes with my heart and I do get palpitations but never like this. I kept a log of how I felt since july. My dr said she can change it and put me on metoprolol. I read that's not a good med. I want my old self back. Something is wrong with teva, sandoz and zydus. I gained 10lbs & didn't eat anything cause of that...No one seems to care. I suffer from anxiety, ocd, panic attacks... Cvs was cruel and said all pills are the same, just from another manufacturer. I know my body and what I feel differently is real. I am going to call mylan the manufacturer because I did that in july. I asked mylan, was atenolol discontinued and the lady said no. She couldn't say why pills were sitting on the shelves not releasing a date of when this nonsense is over. I feel like I'm on my last nerve because 2 cvs pharmacies had no atenolol at all. They expected me to call around other drug stores. I said pharm tech, you can't miss a dose or go off quickly. They are messing around with people who have to depend on atenolol. I have been taking it for decades... Can you please let me know if you or anyone here found out any info on this subject. Thank you so much.

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Gary Says:
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I have been unable to get the Mylan brand and am now on Zydus. It's still not as affective as Mylan but what can a guy do. Negative symptoms are less than when I used the Sandos or Tea brand.

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jay Says:

i took mylan's atenolol for about 20 years to keep my heart rate slow after a heart attack.the past months i could only get zydus. i feel the difference. i am not as comfortable,more anxious.have called around. found 1 place with teva,but have not tried it.i am a retired physician.it is not my imagination.

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