Labetalol

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Introduction

Labetolol is a beta-blocker which is useful because it also has alpha-blocker activity. This does not give it any advantage in treating essential hypertension.

Clinical Use

Indications

  • Hypertension due to phaeochromocytoma when other therapy not possible.
  • Hypertension in pregnancy
  • Hypertensive crisis (as iv !)

Administration

Oral iv

Clinical Issues

Toxicity

Contra-indications

Cautions and Interactions

Side effects

Special advice

Pharmacology

A racaemic mixture of four enaniomers.

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