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Hypertension and nephrology

MAY 10, 2019

[One-year persistence of fixed-dose combinations of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor and calcium channel blocker in hypertensive patients]


[Introduction: The most recent European guidelines for the treatment of hypertension suggest the use of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system antagonists (RAAS inhibitors) and calcium channel blockers (CCBs) or diuretics fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) as the first therapeutic option. In antihypertensive therapy, the patient’s adherence is one of the most important factors in reducing unwanted cardiovascular events. Aim: Our aim was to assess the one-year persistence of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) and CCB FDCs in hypertensive patients. Method: Authors have analysed the prescription database of the National Health Insurance Fund in Hungary on pharmacy claims between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013. Those patients were identified who filled prescriptions for FDCs of ACEI and CCBs prescribed for the first time for hypertensive patients and who had not re ceived similar drugs during the year before. Apparatus of survival analysis was used, where ‘survival’ was the time to abandon the medication. Results: 124,388 patients met the inclusion criteria. One-year persistence rate and hazard ratio (HR) of discontinua tion in patients with ramipril/amlodipine FDC was 54% (HR = 1.00, reference), perindopril/amlodipine 47% (HR = 1.30, p<0.0001), lisinopril/amlodipine 36% (HR = 1.79, p<0.0001), ramipril/felodipine 26% (HR = 2.28, p<0.0001) and trandolapril/verapamil 12% (HR = 4.13, p<0.0001). The average survival time of drug limited to 360 days was 270.2 days for ramipril/amlodipine FDC, 242.7 days for perindopril/amlodipine FDC, 211.2 days for lisinopril/amlodipine FDC, 186.3 days for ramipril/felodipine FDC and 125.7 days for trandolapril/verapamil FDC. Conclusions: The authors demonstrated that the one-year persistence of ACEI/CCB FDCs was significantly different in hypertensive patients. Ramipril/amlodipine FDC was more advantageous for patient adherence.]

Hypertension and nephrology

APRIL 08, 2017

[Efficacy of a fixed-dose association of amlodipine and lisinopril in grade II and III hypertensive patients]

JOÃO Maldonado, TEIMO Pereira, MARGARIDA Carvalho

[We conducted an observational study, with ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM), to evaluate the efficacy of a fixed-dose combination of Amlodipine (5 mg) and Lisinopril (20 mg) in grade II and III hypertensive patients, over an 8 week intervention period. Thirty non-medicated hypertensive patients were enrolled, 36% female, with a mean age of 52.44±11.54 years, a body mass index of 28.73±4.54 kg/m2, and brachial office systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure of 174.43±15.06 mmHg and 102.83±10.67 mmHg, respectively. All patients performed a 24 hours ABPM at baseline and after a treatment period of 8 weeks with the fixed-dose association. Brachial office blood pressure and routine blood and urine samples were also obtained in both moments. A significant reduction in blood pressure was observed after the treatment with the fixed-dose association. The proportion of patients with controlled ambulatory blood pressure after the treatment was 69%, considering the normalization of the systolic and diastolic ambulatory pressures over the daytime, nighttime and 24 hours. Considering the brachial office blood pressures, the proportion of controlled hypertensive patients reached 79%. A significant improvement was also seen in microalbuminuria (reduction of 37.40 mg/24h; IC: 2.82-71.97; p=0.035) and fasting glycaemia (reduction of 11.53 mg/dl; IC: 3.46-19.61; p=0.007). No side effects were reported during the 8 week treatment period. The treatment of grade II and III hypertensive patients with a fixed-dose association of Amlodipine (5 mg) and Lisinopril (20 mg) during 8 weeks is effective controlling blood pressure. Furthermore, evidences indicate that the efficacy of the association is achieved quickly, safely and with good tolerability.]

Hypertension and nephrology

MARCH 20, 2015

[The importance of the increase in the use of fix dosage combination of calcium channel blockers in the domestic medical practice between 2007 and 2013]


[Antihipertensive therapy in the complex treatment of diabetes mellitus, obesity and lipid metabolism disorder was discussed, which also means the fight against the emergence of cardiometabolic syndrome and chronic renal failure as well. Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin receptor antagonists (ARBs), calcium channel blockers (CCB), b-blockers and thiazid diuretics with “A” level of evidence reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The main effect of CCBs is effective antihipertensive vasodilatation, which is the basis of anti-ischaemic, anti-anginal and antihipertensive agents for use in everyday practice. Based on the database of the National Health Insurance, we analyzed changes in the turnover of CCBs between 2007 and 2013 the examined period among CCBs ordered with TB support amlodipin is the most frequently used active ingredient. In December 2007 almost 75% of the prescriptions was amlodipin. That increased to 87,12% by December 2013. CCBs ordered in monotherapy not changed in the examined period, while combinations increased continuously Among CCBs between 2007 and 2013 the fix dosage combinations available with TB support are: statins (atorvastatin + amlodipin), ACE inhibitors (ramipril + felodipin, lisinopril + amlodipin, perindopril + amlodipin, ramipril + amlodipin, verapamil + trandolapril) and b-blockers (metoprolol + felodipin). Using the assigned CCB monotherapy decreased steadily during the study period, while the use of combination formulations induced gradually increased. At the end of the examined seven year period more than 40% of the prescribed boxes were CCB in fix combination. Use of the combination of amlodipin + perindopril increased while amlodipin + lisinopril continuously reduced. The use of the combination of felodipin + ramipril also decreased.]

Hypertension and nephrology

JULY 20, 2013

[Managing hypertension using a fixed combination of an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor and a calcium channel blocker]

E. Chazova, G. Ratova, V. Nedogoda, M. Lopatin, B. Perepech, V. Tsoma

[The objective of the study was to compare the efficacy of a low-dose combination of an angiotensin-converting enzyme (lisinopril 10 mg) and a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker (amlodipine 5 mg) (Ekvator, Gedeon Richter) (Group 1) and enalapril with or without hydrochlorothiazide (Group 2) in hypertension. Materials and methods: The study included 93 patients with hypertension (36% of men and 64% of women). The mean age was 52.6±12 years and the mean duration of hypertension was 7.5±6.1 years. The initial office blood pressure (BP) was 149.2±13.8/91.4±81 mmHg. Patients were randomized into two groups (Group 1, n=51 and Group 2, n=36). Results: The fixed-dose combination of amlodipine/lisinopril offered the potential to reduce the office BP by -28.9±11.3/-16.0±8.7 mmHg; p<0.0001. In Group 2 the office BP dropped by -22.9±17.9/-11.5±10.7 mmHg; p<0.0001. Patients in Group 1 achieved goal blood pressure more frequently than patients in Group 2 (94.1% versus 72.2% patients respectively; p=0.008). There were no significant changes in the heart rate in either group. The reduction of microalbuminuria (the reduction in urinary albumin excretion (UAE)) by -13.8±24.4 mg/24h (p<0.001) was observed only in patients from Group 1. The quality of life of patients from Group 2 improved. However, the quality of life improvements were more significant in Group 1 than in Group 2 (p=0.002). Conclusion: The fixed-dose combination of amlodipine/lisinopril offers the potential to achieve a target blood pressure in 94% of patients with hypertension, produces a nephroprotective effect and improves patients’ quality of life.]

Hypertension and nephrology

DECEMBER 22, 2011

[The advantages of a fixed combination of lisinopril with amlodipine in patients with primary hypertension]


[Background: The aim of the study was to examine the effect of amlodipine, lisinopril and a fixed low-dose combination of amlodipine + lisinopril on the performance of the daily profile, blood pressure variability and heart rate variability in patients with PH stage I-II, 1-2 degrees. The diagnosis of PH was made in accordance with the classification of JNC USA in 2003, ESH, ESH 2007 on the basis of careful clinical and instrumental investigations. Methods: The study included 75 PH patients who were divided into three groups depending on the medication received. The first group included 23 patients treated with lisinopril, the second included 27 patients treated with amlodipine, and the third included 25 patients receiving a fixed combination of amlodipine + lisinopril. Drugs were administered once daily with dose titration for lisinopril effective for 10 to 20 mg (mean 15.6±2.2 mg), for amlodipine 5 to 10 mg (mean 7.8±1.1 mg), and Lisonorm administered in a standard fixed dose (lisinopril 10 mg, amlodipine 5 mg), once in the morning. Controlled treatment lasted for 12 weeks. The study used daily blood pressure monitoring and ECG Holter monitoring methods. Results: A comparison of side effects found that combined therapy significantly reduced the number of adverse reactions. For all three groups, treatment resulted in a significant decrease in the average daily, daytime and night-time BP values and in the variability of systolic and diastolic BP. With combined therapy, these changes were more significant. Conclusion: These positive changes appear to be due to the fact that combination therapy can affect several parts of the pathogenetic development of hypertension, compared with the effects of monotherapy, with superior results. In the combination therapy, lisinopril levelled the sympathetic stimulation of amlodipine by blocking the activity of the sympathoadrenal and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

NOVEMBER 21, 2004



[Nowadays Type 2 diabetes is considered as a cardiovascular disease,. The cause of death among 80% of people with Type 2 diabetes is of cardiovascular origin, with the most common cause of death of myocardial infarction. Optimal solution would be the prevention of the disease and there are also some possibilities for intervention. The present paper summarises the role of antidiabetic agents and ACE inhibitors in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes mellitus. The incidence rate of Type 2 diabetes decreased by 36% using acarbose in the STOP NIDDM Trial and by 31% using metformin in the Diabetes Prevention Program. The rate of risk reduction regarding the incidence of Type 2 diabetes during the ALLHAT Study compared the subjects treated with thiazid diuretics among those treated with amlodipine was 25% by the end of the second year and 16% by the end of the fourth year, while the corresponding data for patients treated with lisinopril were 40% and 30%, respectively. The action of lisinopril on the better bioavailability of Insulin like growth factor I. (IGF-I) probably contributes to the beneficial effect of lisinopril on insulin sensitivity.]