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hello there, what is the difference between atenolol vs metropolol are there advantages disadvantages? is one brokendown in the liver vs the kid

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Dr. Elden Rand
21 years experience Cardiology
Atenolol/metoprolol: Atenolol is metabolized in kidney. Metoprolol is metabolized by liver. So, if there is a dysfunction of either organ, then would prefer using the other beta blocker. Atenolol has a variable amount of activity, so if taken once daily, may not last full 24hr. For most cardiovascular conditions, metoprolol is typically preferred. It comes in a twice daily (Lopressor) or once daily (Toprol XL)
Answered on May 4, 2017

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Atenolol : Generally has a long half life.
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Half life: Atenolol has a shorter half life than metoprolol, only about 12 hours. Metoprolol can be taken once daily where for full effectivness atenolol should ... Read More
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Dr. Todd Chambers
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Yes: The 2 medications are in the same class beta blockers, and work similarly, but they are different medications.
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