Prescription Drug Coverage

Atenolol (Tenormin) Medicare Coverage

You may be able to find Medicare plan options in your area that cover Atenolol or Tenormin. Learn more about Atenolol and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover prescription drugs.
Chemical name: Atenolol

Brand name: Tenormin

Typical dosage: 50mg

Typical type: Tablet1

Atenolol is a medication typically used to treat high blood pressure and other cardiac disorders. It is available as a brand name or as a generic and is an oral tablet.

Atenolol is a medication that can help prevent heart attacks and treat high blood pressure. It is also used to treat angina and other cardiac disorders. The brand name equivalent of Atenolol is Tenormin.

Atenolol is usually taken once daily, but your dose will depend on the cardiac condition you are treating.

Atenolol works by blocking beta receptors in the heart. This helps relax your blood vessels and lower your blood pressure. Major side effects of Atenolol can include dizziness and fatigue.

How much does Atenolol cost with Medicare?

Atenolol coverage and costs may vary based on the specific plan you have, as well as what coverage stage you're in.

Contact your plan carrier or consult your plan formulary for more cost information.

Does Medicare cover Atenolol?

According to GoodRx, 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans covered Atenolol in 2023.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover Atenolol include copay amounts that can range widely from one plan to another. Plan members may also be responsible for meeting a deductible before the plan’s drug coverage kicks in.

  • Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PD). 89% of 2023 Medicare Advantage plans included prescription drug coverage.2

  • Medicare prescription drugs plans each have their own formulary, or drug list, that details what prescription drugs are covered by the plan and how they are covered.

Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Atenolol. We represent carriers such as Humana, UnitedHealthcare®, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna Healthcare, Wellcare, or Kaiser Permanente.

You can also compare Part D prescription drug plans available where you live and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan online when you visit

Additional information

Atenolol can be taken with or without food. Take with food if it upsets your stomach.

You may not be able to immediately feel the benefit of Atenolol. Do not stop taking Atenolol unless you are instructed to by your doctor. Stopping Atenolol abruptly can cause extreme side effects, including chest pain and even and increased risk of heart attack.

You may feel dizzy while taking Atenolol. If you feel faint, talk to your doctor. Your blood pressure may be too low.

You may feel very fatigued when you begin taking Atenolol, while this side effect is unpleasant, it typically does go away with time.

If you have diabetes, Atenolol can mask the signs of low blood sugar. Be sure to test your blood sugar regularly and respond accordingly when you get a low reading, even if you don’t feel any symptoms.

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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.

Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.


Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.

1 GoodRx. Atenolol. Retrieved October 2023, from

2 Freed M, et al. (Nov 10, 2022). Medicare Advantage 2023 Spotlight: First Look. Kaiser Family Foundation.