Aug 1, 1976

A controlled study on the antihypertensive effect of a new beta-adrenergic receptor blocking drug, metoprolol, in combination with chlorthalidone

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
A Jäättelä, K Pyörälä


A double-blind crossover evaluation of the antihypertensive effect of metoprolol v. placebo was carried out in a series of twenty-three patients with mild or moderate essential hypertension who were receiving chlorthalidone (25 mg daily) as their basic treatment. An individually titrated metoprolol dosage (75-300 mg) was used. The double-blind crossover study consisted of two 3-month periods during which the patients received either metoprolol or placebo in addition to chlorthalidone. Metoprolol, as compared with placebo, produced a statistically significant reduction of blood pressure, both in supine and standing positions. Normotension was achieved during metoprolol-chlorthalidone treatment in twenty-two of the twenty-three patients, but during placebo-chlorthalidone treatment in only twelve of the twenty-three patients. During the double-blind crossover study mild side-effects occurred during metoprolol-chlorthalidone treatment in fourteen patients during first month, in twelve patients during second month and seven patients during third month. During placebo-chlorthalidone treatment side effects occurred in seven, six and seven patients, respectively. In conclusion, metoprolol caused a significant fall in blood pressure whe...Continue Reading

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Essential Hypertension
Cross-Over Studies
Adverse Effects
ADRB2 gene
Hypertensive Disease

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