Journal Article

Renal and systemic effects of atenolol and tertatolol in renal transplant recipients on cyclosporine A.

A J Branten, L B Hilbrands, H W van Hamersvelt, R A Koene and F T Huysmans

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Volume 13, issue 2, pages 423-426
Published in print February 1998 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online February 1998 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
Renal and systemic effects of atenolol and tertatolol in renal transplant recipients on cyclosporine A.

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BACKGROUND: Hypertension and nephrotoxicity are well-known side-effects of cyclosporine A (CsA). CsA-induced vasoconstriction of the afferent glomerular arteriole probably plays a role in at least the nephrotoxicity. Frequently renal transplant recipients on CsA have to be treated with antihypertensive drugs and for this purpose also beta-blockers are used. Tertatolol is a new beta-blocker with specific vasodilatory properties, and thus might be particularly useful in CsA-treated transplant recipients. METHODS: We studied the systemic and renal haemodynamic effects of atenolol and tertatolol in 12 hypertensive renal transplant recipients on cyclosporine A (CsA). In a cross-over way, all patients were treated with atenolol and tertatolol for 4 weeks each, separated by a wash-out period also of 4 weeks. At the end of each period, the mean arterial pressure (MAP), heart rate, glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and renal plasma flow (RPF) were measured. RESULTS: The mean arterial pressure was lower (P < 0.05) during atenolol (124 +/- 2 mm Hg) and tertatolol (125 +/- 2 mm Hg) treatment compared with washout (132 +/- 4 mm Hg). Also the heart rate was lower (P < 0.01) during atenolol and tertatolol (54 +/- 3 and 55 +/- 2 beats/min respectively) than in the wash-out period (65 +/- 3 beats/min). GFR and RPF were not changed by either beta-blocker. CONCLUSION: In CsA treated renal transplant recipients both atenolol and tertatolol effectively reduced blood pressure. In these patients we found no evidence of a specific vasodilatory effect of tertatolol. Both beta-blockers had no negative influence on renal function. Hence, these cardioprotective agents are an attractive and safe choice for the treatment of hypertension in such patients.

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Subjects: Nephrology

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