Effect of atenolol on birth weight
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To investigate the possible harmful effects of early antihypertensive drug therapy with atenolol versus other therapies on pregnancy outcome, we reviewed the records of 398 women referred to our antenatal hypertension clinic between 1980 and 1995. Babies born to women taking atenolol were significantly lighter than babies born to women taking other beta blockers, other antihypertensive drugs, or no therapy, suggesting that atenolol might be detrimental in early pregnancy.
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