The effect of beta-adrenoceptor blockade on factors affecting exercise tolerance in normal man

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
S B PearsonJ M Patrick


1 We have studied the effects of single oral doses of 80 mg propranolol and 100 mg metoprolol on the cardiovascular and respiratory responses to progressive exercise in nine healthy men in double-blind, placebo-controlled experiment. As judged by their effects on exercise heart rate and cardiac output the doses of the two drugs used were equivalent. 2 Beta-adrenoceptor blockade reduced oxygen consumption by 3.5% over the whole work range with an increase in the respiratory exchange ratio of 0.056 units. Carbon dioxide production and exercise ventilation were unchanged. The two drugs had similar effects. Possible mechanisms for these observations are discussed. 3 Perceived exertion during exercise was increased by both the beta-adrenoceptor blocking drugs and this may be of relevance to the symptom of fatigue reported by patients on these drugs. Endurance, assessed as either total work done or maximal work achieved, was reduced by 15%.


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