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Use of Oxprenolol in Cardiac Arrhythmias Associated with Acute Myocardial Ischaemia

Br Med J 1971; 1 doi: (Published 30 January 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;1:254

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  1. G. Sandler,
  2. A. C. Pistevos


    Oxprenolol, a new beta-receptor blocking drug with intrinsic sympathomimetic activity, was used to treat 63 episodes of cardiac arrhythmia occurring in 43 patients with acute myocardial infarction or myocardial ischaemia. The drug was most effective in abolishing ventricular ectopic beats and supraventricular tachycardia. The best method of administration was by continuous intravenous infusion and the most satisfactory bolus does was 6 mg. The main side effect was hypotension, which occurred in 59% of episodes of arrhythmia that had responded previously to intravenous administration. Oxprenolol was often effective in lignocaine-resistant arrhythmia. The two main advantages of oxprenolol over propranolol are the reduced likelihood of adversely affecting myocardial function and the diminished tendency to produce bronchospasm.