Medical Definition of Alpha-methyltyrosine
An inhibitor of the enzyme tyrosine 3-monooxygenase, and consequently of the synthesis of catecholamines. It is used to control the symptoms of excessive sympathetic stimulation in patients with pheochromocytoma and decreases the frequency and severity of hypertensive attacks and related symptoms in most patients. (martindale, the extra pharmacopoeia, 30th ed)
Pharmacological action: enzyme inhibitors.
(12 Dec 1998)
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