Aug 1, 1982

Clinical pharmacology of pindolol

American Heart Journal
W H Aellig


Beta-adrenoceptor blockade is responsible for the therapeutic action of beta-adrenoceptor-blocking drugs in the treatment of hypertension and angina pectoris. Many aspects of their effects can therefore be studied in relatively simple clinical pharmacologic experiments. Cardiac beta-adrenoceptor blockade can be measured in terms of the reduction of isoprenaline-induced and exercise-induced tachycardia. Based on these experimental procedures pindolol is, on a weight-for-weight basis, about 20 times more potent than propranolol. The duration of action of pindolol, measured by the reduction in exercise-induced tachycardia, is longer than that of many other beta-adrenoceptor-blocking drugs such as propranolol, alprenolol, and slow-release oxprenolol tested at equipotent beta-adrenoceptor-blocking doses. Pindolol is a beta-adrenoceptor-blocking drug with partial agonist activity (intrinsic sympathomimetic activity [ISA]). Drugs of this type are as effective in inhibiting beta-adrenoceptor stimulation as drugs devoid of this property, but unlike the latter they produce some stimulation of beta adrenoceptors. The ISA of pindolol is sufficient to counterbalance the diminution in resting sympathetic tone that results from beta-adrenocep...Continue Reading

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