PMID: 787954Jan 1, 1976

Propranolol in the treatment of angina: a review

Postgraduate Medical Journal
B N Prichard


The use of beta-adrenergic blocking drugs in angina pectoris was one of the original indications for these drugs suggested by Black. An anti-anginal effect was demonstrated with the first beta-adrenergic blocking drug, pronethalol, that was used clinically. This benefit in angina was confirmed in the early trials with propranolol in 1964-65. Although some definite anti-anginal effect can be demonstrated with low fixed dosage, evidence suggested that those trials which used a higher and a variable dose displayed a greater anti-anginal action of the drug. After a two dose trial (Gillam and Prichard, 1966,) demonstrated a dose dependent anti-anginal effect, a log-dose response study demonstrated a progressive reduction in angina attacks as dosage was increased (Prichard and Gillam, 1971). While a highly significant effect was found with an average dose of 52 mg a day a progressive reduction in angina attacks was found with logarithmic increases in dosage up to an average of 417 mg a day. Dosage in this trial was adjusted to produce a supine heart rate of 55-60 beats/minute provided this was not prevented by side effects. As the dosage of 417 mg a day was still on the straight line part of the dose response curve and therefore subo...Continue Reading

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