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What is the difference between Atenolol and Metoprolol?

Tuesday, 10 September 2002
Answered by: Ashok Seth
Chief Of Invasive and Interventional Cardiology
Escorts Heart Institute and ResearchRCH CENTRE
New Delhi
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Q. What is the difference between Atenolol, Propranolol, Metoprolol which are all beta blockers but which one is best to treat irregular heart beats and a BP of 130/90. Please suggest.

A.  Atenolol and Metoprolol are cardio selective Beta blockers. Both are effective in controlling irregular heart beat. Atenolol has a longer half life and can be taken once a day while Metoprolol needs to be taken twice daily. Both these drugs would be effective in controlling the blood pressure as well.

A.  Atenolol and Metoprolol are cardio selective Beta blockers. Both are effective in controlling irregular heart beat. Atenolol has a longer half life and can be taken once a day while Metoprolol needs to be taken twice daily. Both these drugs would be effective in controlling the blood pressure as well.

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