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Int J Clin Pract. 2005 Apr;59(4):478-84.

Effectiveness and safety of eprosartan on pulse pressure for the treatment of hypertensive patients.

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Service of Nephrology, Hospital Infanta Cristina, Badajoz, Medical Department Juste S.A.Q.F., Madrid, Spain.


A multicentre, prospective, non-comparative open-label study was conducted to assess the effect of eprosartan, 600 mg/day, on pulse pressure (PP) in patients with hypertension (stage I or II, Joint National Committee, sixth report) treated in the primary care setting, as well as safety and compliance. The duration of treatment was 16 weeks. Eprosartan decreased PP (-13 mmHg), systolic blood pressure (SBP) (-26 mmHg), diastolic blood pressure (DBP) (-13 mmHg) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) (-17.4 mmHg) significantly (p < 0.0001). The PP/MAP ratio changed significantly from 62 to 59%, so that the reduction of PP was 3% higher than the overall decrease in MAP. Twenty adverse events, mostly gastrointestinal complaints, were recorded in 12 patients (1.9%). Compliance with treatment at the end of the study was 94%. Eprosartan was a well-tolerated and an effective drug in reducing PP, SBP and DBP below the recommended levels in patients with mild-to-moderate essential hypertension, allowing a high therapeutic compliance.

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