European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

, Volume 33, Supplement 1, pp S9–S14

Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of a new controlled-release formulation of metoprolol: A comparison with conventional tablets


  • A. Sandberg
    • Pharmaceutical Research and DevelopmentAB Hässle
  • I. Blomqvist
    • Department of Cardiovascular Clinical PharmacologyAB Hässle
  • U. E. Jonsson
    • Pharmaceutical Research and DevelopmentAB Hässle
  • P. Lundborg
    • Department of Cardiovascular Clinical PharmacologyAB Hässle

DOI: 10.1007/BF00578406

Cite this article as:
Sandberg, A., Blomqvist, I., Jonsson, U.E. et al. Eur J Clin Pharmacol (1988) 33: S9. doi:10.1007/BF00578406


The pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of a new multiple-unit, controlled-release (CR) formulation of metoprolol1 (metoprolol succinate, 95 mg once daily), which has almost constant (zero-order) release properties over most of a 24-h dose interval, have been compared with those of conventional metoprolol tablets (metoprolol tartrate, 100 mg once daily and 50 mg twice daily), in 12 healthy male volunteers.

The steady-state plasma concentrations of metoprolol after five days of treatment varied less throughout the day with the CR than with the conventional formulation. This was associated with a considerably lower peak plasma concentration and the achievement of a significantly higher plasma concentration at the end of the dose interval.

Similarly, the effect on exercise-induced tachycardia was maintained at a relatively constant level throughout the day after treatment with the CR formulation. A significantly greater effect 24 h after administration was achieved with the CR formulation, when compared with once-daily dosing with metoprolol tablets, 100 mg.

Twice-daily dosing with metoprolol tablets, 50 mg, produced a similar β1-blocking effect at the end of the dose interval to that observed with metoprolol CR.

Although the steady-state plasma concentrations indicated significantly lower systemic availability for the CR formulation, compared with both regimens of metoprolol tablets, the total effect over the dose interval, expressed as the area under the efficacy curve (AUEC), was similar for the three treatments.

The relationship between steady-state plasma concentrations and the pharmacodynamic efficacy at corresponding times, indicated that plasma concentrations were more effectively utilized after the administration of the CR formulation than after the conventional tablet regimens.

The results of this study clearly indicate the potential benefits offered by the new metoprolol CR formulation, under all circumstances where a constant degree of β1-selective blockade, without plasma peaks and troughs, is preferred.

Key words

metoprololcontrolled-release formulationpharmacokineticspharmacodynamicsexercise heart ratehealthy volunteersefficacy

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