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Clin Ther. 2004;26 Suppl A:A28-32.

Clinical efficacy and tolerability of olmesartan.

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Division of Hypertension and Vascular Medicine, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland.



Olmesartan medoxomil is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist that selectively and competitively inhibits the angiotensin II type 1 receptor.


This article reviews the results of some key studies that assessed the efficacy and tolerability of olmesartan in patients with hypertension.


Olmesartan has been investigated in several clinical studies. This article reports on data from 1 such study with a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, dose-finding design in patients with mild to moderate hypertension (baseline mean sitting diastolic blood pressure, 100-114 mm Hg). The results from a meta-analysis of 7 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies are also presented.


In the dose-finding study, 792 patients were randomized to olmesartan (2.5-80 mg) or placebo once daily, and changes were recorded in trough mean sitting diastolic and systolic blood pressures from baseline to the end of a 12-week treatment period. For the meta-analysis, 3055 patients were randomized to treatment; 2511 received olmesartan. In the dose-finding study as well as in the meta-analysis, olmesartan (2.5-80 mg once daily) produced a dose-dependent decrease in diastolic and systolic blood pressures, and at a dose of 10 to 80 mg showed significant superiority in reducing diastolic blood pressure over placebo (P < 0.05). The 20-mg dose was considered optimal, with a responder rate of 70%. Furthermore, in a 2-year study with 462 patients, olmesartan had a good safety profile and was well tolerated. The results of the clinical studies in >3000 patients receiving olmesartan showed that the frequency and profile of adverse events with olmesartan were generally similar to those with placebo; the frequency of adverse events was not dose related. Olmesartan, with or without hydrochlorothiazide, was well tolerated over 2 years of treatment.

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