Which medications in the drug class Beta Blockers, Nonselective are used in the treatment of Pheochromocytoma?

Updated: Aug 10, 2018
  • Author: Michael A Blake, MBBCh, MRCPI, FRCR; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Beta Blockers, Nonselective

Propranolol (Inderal LA, InnoPran XL)

Propranolol is a nonselective beta-adrenergic receptor blocker. The drug has membrane-stabilizing activity and decreases the automaticity of contractions.

After primary treatment with an alpha receptor blocker, propranolol may be used as adjunctive therapy if control of tachycardia becomes necessary before or during surgery. It may be used to treat excessive beta receptor stimulation in patients with inoperable metastatic pheochromocytoma. Propranolol is not suitable for the emergency treatment of hypertension; do not administer it intravenously in hypertensive emergencies.

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