Hypertension and nephrology

[Changes in prescribing practice of diuretics in the treatment of hypertension between 2007 and 2013 in the mirror of insurance data]

BARNA István, GYURCSÁNYI András

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Hypertension and nephrology - 2014;18(03-04)

[Amongst diuretics, thiazides are the most commonly used antihypertensive agents. Due to their long-term effect, they are ideal for treatment of hypertension. Indapamide is a long-acting (half-life 14-16 hours) thiazide-like diuretic, which is effective in very small doses (1.25 to 5 mg). Indapamide mainly provides a forceful blood pressure lowering effect, by decreasing arteriolar and peripheral resistance due to its vasodilatative effect. Even in hypertensive, diabetic patients, indapamide does not affect the lipid metabolism or the carbohydrate metabolism. As an antihypertensive medicine, thiazide-type diuretics (only in small doses - 6.25- 12.5 mg hypothiazide, 12.5 mg chlorthalidone, 5 mg clopamide) can be the first choice, when dealing with essential hypertension disease without complications. They may also be used in monotherapy. When dealing with hypertension associated with old age or with isolated systolic hypertension, these products are recommended with “A” type evidence. For the treatment of left ventricular hypertrophy and post-stroke conditions associated with the treatment of hypertension, it is recommended to use indapamide in case of diabetes, furosemide and thiazide in case of a left ventricular dysfunction and heart failure, or a combination of these. When reviewing the national sales of mono-component diuretics between 2007 and 2013 in the National Health Insurance (OEP) database, we could see that the sales of hydrochlorothiazide, clopamide, and chlorthalidone decreased. In 2013 however, the sales of the latter experienced a turnover, which might indicate the activity of the followers of the new guideline. The use of diuretics with indapamide as their active substance increased. The prescription of diuretics used in a combination increased continuously between 2007 and 2010 and reached a monthly one million prescribed boxes. During the time in question, the use of products combined with hydrochlorothiazide (most products contain this agent) was the most dominant, but its share fell from 88% to 66% due to the growth of combinations containing the active ingredient indapamide. This is interesting because this combination is “unique” (perindopril + indapamide). During the period in question, only the prescription of this combination increased steadily. The use of diuretics is very important in antihypertensive therapy. If we compare the diuretics and their combinations to the recommendations, we can state that the treatment is done along the guidelines, or in other words the use of the metabolic neutral combination therapy is increasing.]

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