Research Article

Comparison of propranolol, metoprolol, and acebutolol on insulin-induced hypoglycaemia.

Br Med J 1976; 2 doi: (Published 21 August 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;2:447
  1. R J Newman


    Metoprolol and acebutolol, two supposedly cardio-selective beta-adrenergic recptor blocking agents, were tested in healthy volunteers against propranolol, a non-selective drug, for their effect on blood glucose levels during insulin-induced hypoglycaemia. There was not significant difference between propranolol and metoprolol, which both potentiated the initial hypoglycaemic action of the insulin and delayed the return to normoglycaemia. Acebutolol, even though potentiating the initial hypoglycaemia, did not possess a significant delaying effect. A similar trial should be undertaken in diabetics to determine with certainty the safety of such drugs in diabetes mellitus.