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Hemodial Int. 2013 Oct;17(4):652-5. doi: 10.1111/hdi.12020. Epub 2013 Jan 24.

Case report: atenolol overdose successfully treated with hemodialysis.

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Department of Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre, Nephrology Division, Western University, London, Canada.


Owing to the drug's favorable hydrophilic and pharmacokinetic characteristics, a number of case reports have demonstrated effective treatment of atenolol overdose with hemodialysis. However, the efficiency of atenolol clearance throughout hemodialysis treatments has not previously been examined. In this report, a patient with impaired renal function was successfully treated with two 5-hour intermittent high-flux high-efficiency hemodialysis therapies after atenolol overdose. Serial atenolol levels were measured during his hemodialysis treatments. We observed an over 50% plasma atenolol concentration reduction after each 5-hour hemodialysis therapy. Hemodialysis therapy is an effective treatment for atenolol overdose, especially in patients with impaired renal function.


Hemodialysis; atenolol; drug intoxication; overdose

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