From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Esmolol structure.svg
Clinical data
AHFS/ Monograph
  • AU: C
  • US: C (Risk not ruled out)
Routes of
ATC code
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability -
Protein binding 60%
Metabolism Erythrocytic
Elimination half-life 9 minutes
Excretion Renal
CAS Number
PubChem CID
Chemical and physical data
Formula C16H25NO4
Molar mass 295.374 g/mol
3D model (JSmol)
 ☒N☑Y (what is this?)  (verify)

Esmolol (trade name Brevibloc) is a cardioselective beta1 receptor blocker with rapid onset,[1] a very short duration of action, and no significant intrinsic sympathomimetic or membrane stabilising activity at therapeutic dosages.

It is a class II antiarrhythmic.[2] Esmolol decreases the force and rate of heart contractions by blocking beta-adrenergic receptors of the sympathetic nervous system, which are found in the heart and other organs of the body. Esmolol prevents the action of two naturally occurring substances: epinephrine and norepinephrine.[3]


A loading dose of 0.5 mg/kg is given followed by 0.05–0.2 mg/kg/min infusion.


1. to terminate supraventricular tachycardia, 2.episodic atrial fibrillation or flutter, 3.arrhythmia during anaesthesia, reduce HR and BP during and after cardiac surgery, and early treatment of myocardial infarction.

Esmolol also used in blunting the hemodynamic response to laryngoscopy and intubation. [4]


Esmolol is rapidly metabolized by hydrolysis of the ester linkage, chiefly by the esterases in the cytosol of red blood cells and not by plasma cholinesterases or red cell membrane acetylcholinesterase. Total body clearance in man was found to be about 20 L/kg/hr, which is greater than cardiac output; thus the metabolism of esmolol is not limited by the rate of blood flow to metabolizing tissues such as the liver or affected by hepatic or renal blood flow. Esmolol's short duration of action is based on the ester-methyl side chain which allows for quick hydrolysis. Esmolol's structure is reflected in its name, es-molol as in ester-methyl. Plasma cholinesterases and red cell membrane acetylcholinesterase do not have any action. This metabolism results in the formation of a free acid and methanol. The amount of methanol produced is similar to endogenous methanol production. Esmolol has a rapid distribution half-life of about 2 minutes and an elimination half-life of about 9 minutes.


  1. ^ Deng CY; Lin SG; Zhang WC; et al. (December 2006). "Esmolol inhibits Na+ current in rat ventricular myocytes". Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol. 28 (10): 697–702. doi:10.1358/mf.2006.28.10.1037498. PMID 17235414. 
  2. ^ Jaillon P, Drici M (December 1989). "Recent antiarrhythmic drugs". Am. J. Cardiol. 64 (20): 65J–69J. doi:10.1016/0002-9149(89)91203-4. PMID 2688391. 
  3. ^ Tripathi KD "ANTIADRENERGIC DRUGS AND DRUGS FOR GLAUCOMA". Essentials of Medical Pharmacology. 7th Edition: p 149
  4. ^ Sharma S, Suthar OP, Tak M L, Thanvi A, Paliwal N, Karnawat R (2018)."Comparison of esmolol and dexmedetomidine for suppression of hemodynamic response to laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation in adult patients undergoing elective general surgery: A prospective, randomized controlled double-blinded study". Anesthesia: Essays and Researches. 12: 262-266.

3. accessed Jan 29, 2016.