PMID: 590303Nov 14, 1977

Pharmacokinetics of atenolol in patients with renal impairment

European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
J SassardP Y Zech


The pharmacokinetics of atenolol, a new cardioselective beta-adrenoceptor blocking agent, were determined following both acute and chronic dosing in 33 hypertensive patients with widely differing levels of renal impairment. In patients with normal renal function the atenolol half-life was calculated to be about six hours following single 100 mg oral doses. This value increased markedly in patients with renal insufficiency and the blood clearance of atenolol was found to have a significant correlation with the glomerular filtration rate. This demonstrated the importance of the kidneys in the elimination of the drug. After 8 weeks oral treatment with atenolol (100 mg twice daily) a significant decrease in blood pressure, heart rate and plasma renin activity was observed, but no correlation was established between the blood levels of atenolol and any of its pharmacodynamic effects. A positive correlation was found however between the anti-hypertensive action of atenolol and the pretreatment value of the plasma renin activity.


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