Which medications in the drug class Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents are used in the treatment of Subacute Thyroiditis?

Updated: Mar 23, 2021
  • Author: Stephanie L Lee, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents

Beta-blockers reduce many of the symptoms of thyrotoxicosis, including tachycardia, tremor, and anxiety. Propranolol is usually recommended because of its CNS penetration, but some patients prefer the longer-acting beta-blockers.

Propranolol (Inderal LA, InnoPran XL)

Propranolol is the drug of choice for treating cardiac arrhythmia resulting from hyperthyroidism. The drug effects cardiac and psychomotor manifestations within minutes.

Atenolol (Tenormin)

Atenolol selectively blocks beta1 receptors, with little or no effect on beta2 types. This agent is useful for treating cardiac arrhythmias resulting from hyperthyroidism. It effects cardiac and psychomotor manifestations within minutes.

Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL)

Metoprolol is a selective beta1-adrenergic receptor blocker that decreases the automaticity of contractions. It aids in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias resulting from hyperthyroidism. The drug effects cardiac and psychomotor manifestations within minutes.


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