Hypertension management: pharmacotherapy lecture notes (PDF)

Hypertension management
Hypertension management

This PDF file on the pharmacological management of hypertension was written by the Pharmacology OpenCourseWare initiative at Harvard Medical School – MIT.

Hypertension: Pharmacological management

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Lecture notes outline:

  • Rational pharmacotherapy of hypertension
  • Major Antihypertensive Drug Classes
  • Diuretics (thiazide, loop, and potassium-sparing diuretics).
  • Sympatholytics
  • Beta adrenergic blockers
  • Alpha-1 adrenergic blockers
  • Central sympatholytics
  • Vasodilators (calcium-channel blockers, direct arterial vasodilators, and sodium nitroprusside).
  • Renin-angiotensin system (RAS) blockers
  • Have certain drugs been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality due to hypertension?
  • What is the best initial therapy for the newly diagnosed hypertensive patient?

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