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Anti-anginal and anti-ischemic effects of the selective beta-blocker talinolol in patients with stable angina pectoris.

OBJECTIVE: To determine the dose dependency of the anti-anginal and antiischemic effects of the selective beta-blocker talinolol administered once-daily in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study in patients with stable angina pectoris. METHODS: Standardized bicycle ergometry at baseline and after 3 and 6 weeks of treatment was used to assess exercise capacity. The primary endpoint was the change in the maximum exercise time (MET) 24 +/- 1 h after the last intake of study medication compared to baseline. Secondary efficacy parameters were time to onset of angina, time to 1 mm ST segment depression, angina attacks, consumption of short-acting nitrates, blood pressure and pulse rate. Patients were randomly allocated to treatment with talinolol (100, 200 or 300 mg once daily) or placebo for a period of 6 weeks. RESULTS: A total of 241 outpatients (204 male and 37 female) aged between 34 and 83 years, were randomized in 31 centers in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. At the end of treatment, the primary endpoint (change in MET compared to baseline) showed no significant difference between the talinolol groups and placebo. The means of MET prolongation ranged from 27.4 sec under placebo to a maximum of 47.6 sec in the 200 mg group. However, the time to 1 mm ST segment depression during exercise increased markedly with talinolol, the difference to placebo reaching statistical significance with the 200 mg/d dose (80.1 +/- 32.7 sec, p = 0.0182) and 300 mg/d dose (82.0 +/- 31.6 sec, p = 0.0127). In the case of the other secondary variables, the most pronounced effects were recorded for talinolol doses of 200 and 300 mg/d. Talinolol significantly inhibited the exercise-induced increase in heart rate and blood pressure. The decrease in rate pressure product at 100 W workload was statistically significant with all administered talinolol doses (delta from baseline to final visit 3090, 4351 and 4291 for 100, 200 and 300 mg/d, respectively, p < 0.0001). Despite once-daily dosing, talinolol at doses up to 300 mg/d was very well tolerated. No unexpected adverse drug reactions were observed. CONCLUSION: The results show that talinolol administered once daily in a dosage of 200 - 300 mg/d is effective and safe in the management of chronic stable angina.[1]


  1. Anti-anginal and anti-ischemic effects of the selective beta-blocker talinolol in patients with stable angina pectoris. Faulhaber, H.D., Weigmann, I., Lang, U., Weinsberg, F., Terhaag, B. International journal of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. (2005) [Pubmed]
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