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More medications, fewer pills: Combination medications for the treatment of hypertension

By Richard Lewanczuk and Sheldon W Tobe

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Achieving blood pressure targets in hypertension can be challenging. Often, patients require multiple medications to reach these targets. The Canadian Hypertension Education Program has updated its past recommendations to reflect current knowledge regarding effective antihypertensive combinations. Evidence for the use of specific drug combinations in achieving blood pressure targets has been reviewed, and the inventory of effective drug combinations has been expanded. From a clinical perspective, fixed-dose antihypertensive combinations offer certain advantages in terms of efficacy, adherence, cost, convenience, patient-perceived ‘wellness’ and side effects. Consequently, in the future, fixed-dose combination formulations are likely to become increasingly used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease

Topics: Hypertension
Publisher: Pulsus Group Inc
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2650762
Provided by: PubMed Central
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