Hypertension and nephrology

[Advantages of fixed combinations in the treatment of hypertensive patients]

FARSANG Csaba

SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

Hypertension and nephrology - 2011;15(04)

[In 60-70% of patients with hypertension, a significant decrease in blood pressure can only be achieved by a combination of antihypertensive drugs. International as well as national guidelines emphasise the numerous advantages and the importance of combination treatment. Fixed combinations are particularly advantageous, as their use improves patients’ compliance. This paper summarises the available information on the possible combinations of the nine major antihypertensive drug groups distributed in Hungary, and for details the results published on the recently approved and introduced fixed combination of telmisartan and amlodipine.]

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