Hypertension: a review of antihypertensive medication

  • N Schellack Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • P Naicker Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: hypertension, antihypertensive agents, fixed-dose combination therapy, angiotensin II-receptor blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, calcium-channel blockers

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the changes that have taken place in the diagnosis and management of hypertension over the past decade. Hypertension remains a very common condition seen in South Africa. The approach to the management of hypertension includes necessary lifestyle modifications and a decisive, stepwise escalation process in the pharmacotherapeutic management thereof. Thiazide diuretics are still being promoted by most guidelines to be the initial (first-line) drug of choice, with the addition of other suitable antihypertensive agents, if necessary, and according to any relevant comorbid conditions.

Author Biographies

N Schellack, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

P Naicker, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

Published
2020-10-28
Section
Reviews