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Research Article

Propranolol concentrations in plasma after insertion into the vagina.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 29 October 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:1247
  1. L G Patel,
  2. S J Warrington,
  3. R M Pearson


    Six healthy women participated in a study of the concentrations of propranolol achieved in plasma after insertion of the drug into the vagina. In four of the women the concentrations were also determined after administration by mouth. The area under the concentration curve for propranolol administered per vaginam was significantly greater than that after oral administration. There were small significant reduction in systolic blood pressure, pulse rate, and forced expiratory volume in one second after vaginal administration but these did not cause any symptomatic side effects. The tolerability of the vagina to drugs and the safety of this form of treatment remain to be determined. Probably further studies of the contraceptive effects of propranolol should be conducted with the dextro isomer of the drug.