Atenolol Versus Labetalol

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Kerri Says:
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I want to know if it would be ok to take atenolol in place of the labetalol I've been taking, but ran out of?



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David Says:

Hi Kerri,

Both Atenolol and Labetalol are in the same drug class called Beta-blockers which are marketed for use in treating high blood pressure.

According to medlineplus.gov, both medications work by relaxing blood vessels and slowing heart rate to improve blood flow and decrease blood pressure.

- Atenolol reportedly has an estimated elimination half-life of 6-7 hours (taken orally in tablet form)
- Labetalol reportedly has an estimated elimination half-life of 6-8 hours (taken orally in tablet form)

What I don't know is how they compare to one another in terms of potency, efficacy, and dosing. So this particular aspect of things is probably something you'd want to discuss with your prescribing doctor first.

I hope this helps!

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