, 70:1399 | Cite as

GC–MS Determination of Atenolol Plasma Concentration after Derivatization with N-methyl-N-(trimethylsilyl)trifluoroacetamide

  • Bilal YilmazEmail author
  • Sakir Arslan


An analytical procedure was developed and validated for the determination of atenolol in human plasma. Atenolol and metoprolol (internal standard) were extracted from human plasma with a mixture of chloroform and butanol at basic pH. The extracts were derivatized with N-methyl-N-(trimethylsilyl)trifluoroacetamide and analyzed by GC–MS. Calibration curves were linear over the concentration range 15–250 ng mL−1. Intra- and inter-day precision values for atenolol in human plasma were less than 7.4, and accuracy (relative error) was better than 6.4%. Recovery of atenolol from human plasma averaged 90.46%. The limits of detection (LOD) and quantitation (LOQ) of atenolol were 5.0 and 15 ng mL−1. This method was successfully applied to six patients with hypertension who had been given an oral tablet of 50 mg atenolol.


Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry Atenolol in plasma Pharmacokinetics 



The authors would like to thank Abdi Ibrahim Pharmaceutical Industry for the atenolol standard and Tensinor tablet.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of PharmacyAtaturk UniversityErzurumTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Cardiology, Faculty of MedicineAtaturk UniversityErzurumTurkey

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