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Perindopril (By mouth)

Treats high blood pressure and coronary artery disease (CAD). This medicine is an ACE inhibitor.

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Learn more about the effects of these drugs. The most reliable research is summed up for you in our featured article.

Perindopril is used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. Lowering blood… Read more
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Antihypertensive, Cardiovascular Agent, Renal Protective Agent
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What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Perindopril vs enalapril in patients with systolic heart failure: systematic review and metaanalysis

BACKGROUND: Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are highly effective at improving prognosis in a variety of disease states such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, systolic heart failure, and acute coronary syndrome. Although these medications have been used in clinical practice for decades, not all ACE inhibitors are equal, as agents within this class vary in lipophilicity, tissue-ACE binding, antioxidant properties, antiinflammatory properties, bradykinin site selectivity, and duration of action. The objective of this systematic review and metaanalysis was to evaluate the effects of perindopril vs enalapril on left ventricular function in patients with systolic heart failure.

Perindopril: do randomised, controlled trials support an ACE inhibitor class effect: a meta-analysis of clinical trials

The review found that perindopril alone or in combination therapy had a significantly larger effect than other angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors in reducing risk of myocardial infarction, stroke and all-cause mortality. The review had numerous methodological flaws and the authors' conclusions are unlikely to be reliable.

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Summaries for consumers

Choosing Medicines for High Blood Pressure: A Review of the Research on ACEIs, ARBs, and DRIs

You will learn what research says about three types of medicine for high blood pressure, how well they work, how they compare to each other, and their side effects. This information can help you talk with your doctor as you decide which ACEI, ARB, or DRI is best for you.

Comparing ACE Inhibitors and related drugs

How do ACE inhibitors, AIIRAs, and DRIs compare in effectiveness?

Treatment of high blood pressure for people with peripheral arterial disease

When blood pressure is consistently high it can lead to complications such as a heart attack (myocardial infarction) or stroke. Both peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a condition that affects the blood vessels (arteries) carrying the blood to the legs, arms, and stomach area, and high blood pressure (hypertension) are associated with atherosclerosis. This is hardening of the arteries which is caused by deposits of fat, cholesterol and other substances inside the blood vessels. PAD is diagnosed when the blood supply to the legs is restricted causing pain and cramping that limits walking (intermittent claudication). It is measured by the walking distance (on a treadmill) before onset of pain (claudication distance) or ankle brachial index (ABI), the ratio of the blood pressure in the arms to the blood pressure in the legs. If the blood pressure is lower in the legs compared to the arms (ABI of less than 1.0) this indicates blocked arteries in the legs (or PAD). PAD can progress to pain at rest and critical limb ischaemia (sudden lack of blood flow to a limb caused by a blood clot or fatty deposit blockage) that requires revascularisation (restoring the blood flow by opening up the blocked blood vessel) or amputation. Treatment of hypertension to reduce cardiovascular events (heart attack or stroke) and death needs careful consideration in people with PAD. Anti‐hypertensive medications may worsen the PAD symptoms by further reducing blood flow and supply of oxygen to the limbs, and may have long‐term effects on disease progression. The evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) examining the risks and benefits of various anti‐hypertensive drugs on measures of PAD is lacking.

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