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Hypertension and nephrology

FEBRUARY 20, 2012

[Chronotherapy of hypertension - individualized treatment according to the circadian blood pressure profile]

SZAUDER Ipoly, UJHELYI Gabriella

[The circadian (24 h) rhythm shows great importance in the pharmacotherapy of hypertension. There is growing interest in how to best tailor the treatment of hypertensive patients according to the circadian blood pressure pattern of each individual. Significant administration-time differences are in the chronokinetics of antihypertensive medication. The therapeutic coverage and efficacy of different antihypertensive drugs are all markedly dependent on the circadian time of drug administration. Administration of ACE inhibitors, ARBs, doxazosin and aspirin at bedtime, as opposed to upon wakening, results in an improved diurnal/nocturnal blood pressure ratio (recommended for nondipper type of hypertension). Other antihypertensive medications: calcium channel blockers and β receptor blockers are non effective at the circadian blood pressure pattern. Chronotherapy provides a means of individualizing the treatment of hypertension according to the circadian blood pressure profile of patients and constitutes a new option to optimize blood pressure control and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and the risk of end organ injury.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 27, 2009

[Melatonin, sleep and the circadian rhythm: theoretical considerations and their chronopharmacological applications ]


[The predictive homeostasis of living organisms is an anticipatory adaptation to rhythmical environmental changes. A good example for this is the circadian rhythm preparing the organism for the alternation of day and night. The circadian rhythm of melatonin production anticipates the timing and duration of nocturnal sleep of human subjects. It also induces a sleep-like stimulusprocessing mode of the brain and - in case of adequate environmental circumstances - a soporific and in part, a sleep-inducing effect. Specificities of melatonin effects on sleep are the reduction of slow-wave EEG activity, as well as the increase in seep EEG spindling and REM sleep time. Like other substances with hypnotic properties, melatonin decreases core body temperature, but has also a strong chronobiotic effect that is expressed as rapid and strong phase shifts of the circadian rhythm, depending on the time of day of melatonin administration. Because light acutely suppresses melatonin production, adequately timed light exposition, containing also low wavelength components, together with exogenous melatonin, could be useful in treating jet-lag syndrome and other circadian rhythm disorders.]