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N Z Med J. 1975 Nov 12;82(551):293-6.

Timolol maleate (Blocadren) in the treatment of essential hypertension.


The antihypertensive activity of timolol (Blocadren, FROSST-MSD), a new beta blocking agent, was assessed in a single blind crossover placebo-controlled study in 14 patients with essential hypertension. Ten patients completed the trial. The average standing pressure during the placebos periods was 168/109mmHg and during the periods on treatment with timolol the average standing pressure was 139/92mmHg. All 10 patients showed some hypotensive response. The average daily dosage was 21 mg with a range of 15-30 mg. Four patients achieved optimal levels of blood pressure by the end of one week's therapy with the maximum time required being four weeks. Timolol appears to be an effective antihypertensive agent. Side effects were insignificant.

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