acebutolol, Sectral, Prent (cont.)

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Acebutolol and drugs within its class differ from other beta-adrenergic blocking drugs because they are selective beta blockers, that is, they block one type of beta-adrenergic receptor, the beta-l receptor, rather than multiple types of beta-adrenergic receptors like other beta-adrenergic blockers that are nonselective. This is especially important, in patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who require treatment with beta-adrenergic blocking drugs because blocking the non-beta-1 receptors can make asthma or COPD worse. Acebutolol was approved by the FDA in December 1984.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Acebutolol is used alone or with other drugs to treat high blood pressure and arrhythmias. It also is used to treat chest pain due to coronary artery disease (angina) in which the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart are inadequate for the heart to pump normally.

SIDE EFFECTS: Most adverse reactions to acebutolol have been mild, not required discontinuation of therapy, and tended to decrease as the duration of treatment increases. Adverse events include:

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