European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 379–384 | Cite as

Influence of hyperthyroidism on the kinetics of methimazole, propranolol, metoprolol and atenolol

  • B. Hallengren
  • O. R. Nilsson
  • B. E. Karlberg
  • A. Melander
  • L. Tegler
  • E. Wåhlin-Boll


The kinetic profiles of oral methimazole 40mg, propranolol 80mg, metoprolol 100mg and atenolol 100mg were compared in hyperthyroid patients both during the hyper-and euthyroid states. For methimazole, neither the peak concentration (Cmax), the time to reach peak concentration (tmax), the elimination half-life (t1/2) nor the area under the curve (AUC) value was affected by the hyperthyroid state. For propranolol and metoprolol, which undergo extensive presystemic clearance, the AUC values were lower (p<0.02) when the patients were hyperthyroid than when they had become euthyroid, but the t1/2's were not significantly altered. For atenolol, there were no significant kinetic differences between the hyperthyroid and euthyroid states. The findings are compatible with the assumption that hyperthyroidism does not affect the kinetics of methimazole or atenolol, but that it may enhance presystemic clearance of propranolol and metoprolol.

Key words

hyperthyroidism propranolol methimazole metoprolol atenolol kinetics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Hallengren
    • 1
    • 2
  • O. R. Nilsson
    • 1
    • 2
  • B. E. Karlberg
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Melander
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. Tegler
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. Wåhlin-Boll
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Endocrinology and Clinical PharmacologyLund University Clinics, Malmö General HospitalSweden
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineLinköping University HospitalLinköpingSweden

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