L. Ann Tanner, BS, RPh; L.A. Bosco, MD, MPH; Hyman J. Zimmerman, MD
Elevated serum transaminase and alkaline phosphatase levels have occurred in association with most of the beta-adrenoreceptor blocking agents (1). These reactions, however, have not been reported in the literature. Although two groups from West Germany (2-4) reported pathologic findings consistent with hepatitis in association with propranolol, these cases were confounded by other compounds associated with hepatic injury. Liver toxicity has not been previously reported with acebutolol (Sectral; Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), a cardioselective adrenoreceptor blocking agent with intrinsic sympathomimetic activity. We report a possible association between exposure to acebutolol and liver toxicity.
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Tanner LA, Bosco L, Zimmerman HJ. Hepatic Toxicity after Acebutolol Therapy. Ann Intern Med. ;111:533–534. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-6-533
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(6):533-534.
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