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What are the main aims of Antihypertensive drugs?

Reduce BP, Provide 24 hours control (one dose a day - long plasma half life), show dose-effect relationship and have acceptable side effects.

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How do Diuretics work in controlling BP?

Act on the kidney to increase diuresis.
Increase sodium excretion, Reduce salt re-absorption and plasma volume, causing water loss.

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How do Thiazides work in controlling BP?

Inhibit sodium chloride co-transport in distal tube.
Increase renin and have a vasodilator action.

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Examples of Thiazides...

Chlorothiazide
Hydrochlorothiazide
Bendrofluazide
Benzothiadiazine
Chlorthialidone
Metolazone

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What are Loop Diuretics used for?

Renal insufficiency
Resistant Hypertension
Heart Failure

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How do Vasodilators control BP?

Act on smooth muscle cells of arteries/arterioles by lowering intracellular calcium concentration to allow muscle cell relaxation.

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Mechanism of Calcium Antagonists...

Block calcium entry though voltage-operated calcium channels in arterial smooth muscle cells.

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Examples of Calcium Antagonists...

Dihydropyridines - smooth muscle selective (Nifedipine/Amlodipine - long acting, Nicardipine - cerebral/coronory arteries)

Benzothiazepine - block calcium channels in conducting heart tissue (Diltiazem, potentiates Blocker action)

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Side Effects of Calcium Antagonists...

Flushing, Ankle oedema, Cardiac depression and Bblocker interaction.

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Mechanism of Alpha Blockers...

Selective blockers of A1-adrenoceptors that prevent vasoconstrictor action of endogenous noradrenaline.

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Examples of Alpha Blockers

Doxazosin, Terazosin and Prozosin (short acting).

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Side Effects of Alpha Blockers...

Postural hypotension and severe hypertension after 1st dose.

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Mechanism of Beta Blockers...

Bind to and block B1-adrenoceptors in the heart (sino atrial node/ventricular muscle), blocking noradrenaline action, released from sympathetic nerves/circulating adrenaline and reducing rate/force of heart beat/cardiac output.

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Examples of Beta Blockers...

Atenolol/Metoprolol

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Side Effects of Beta Blockers...

Cold hands, fatigue, provoke asthma, heart failure, conduction heart blood and effect blood lipids.

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Mechanism of ACE Inhibitors...

Prevent conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II. Potent vasoconstrictor that stimulates aldosterone secretion, inhibiting H20/salt extortion to reduce plasma volume.

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Examples of ACE Inhibitors...

Catopril, Enalapril, Lisinopril and Ramipril.

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Side Effects of ACE Inhibitors...

Dry cough, hypotension initially when given with a diuretic.

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Mechanism of Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonists...

Block the action of angiotensin II at its receptors, competing for binding to AT receptors.

Used with Ace inhibitors to improve mortality/morbidity.

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Examples of Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonists...

Losartan, Candesartan, Eprosartan and Valsartan.

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What effects choice in drug to use?

Patient Characteristics
Effectiveness at lowering BP
Complications / Adverse effects
Cost Effectiveness