|Systematic (IUPAC) name|
|Trade names||Normodyne, Trandate|
|Metabolism||hepatic pass metabolism,|
|Biological half-life||Tablet: 6-8 hours; IV: 5.5 hours|
|Excretion||Excreted in urine, not removed by hemodialysis|
|CAS Registry Number|
|Molecular mass||328.406 g/mol|
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Side effects may include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Diminished sexual function
- Orthostatic hypotension (due to alpha receptor blockade)
- Scalp tingling
- Drug eruption similar to lichen planus
- A rare but potentially lethal side effect is respiratory distress.
For adrenergic agents, when the substituent on the amine nitrogen is greater in size than a t-butyl group, then the molecule typically is found to have receptor affinity without intrinsic activity, and is therefore an antagonist. Labetalol has two chiral carbons and consequently exists as four stereoisomers. Two of these isomers, the (S,S)- and (R,S)- forms are inactive. The third, the (S,R)-isomer, is a powerful α1 blocker. The fourth isomer, the (R,R)-isomer which is also known as dilevalol, is a mixed nonselective β blocker and selective α1 blocker.
Labetalol acts by blocking alpha and beta adrenergic receptors, resulting in decreased peripheral vascular resistance without significant alteration of heart rate or cardiac output. The β:α antagonism of labetalol is approximately 3:1.
Mechanism of action
Labetalol combines both selective, competitive, alpha-1-adrenergic blocking and nonselective, competitive, beta-adrenergic blocking activity in a single substance. In man, the ratios of alpha- to beta- blockade have been estimated to be approximately 1:3 and 1:7 following oral and intravenous (IV) administration, respectively. The principal physiologic action of labetalol is to competitively block adrenergic stimulation of β-receptors within the myocardium (β1-receptors) and within bronchial and vascular smooth muscle (β2-receptors), and α1-receptors within vascular smooth muscle. This causes a decrease in systemic arterial blood pressure and systemic vascular resistance without a substantial reduction in resting heart rate, cardiac output, or stroke volume, apparently because of its combined α- and β-adrenergic blocking activity.
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