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      Nifedipine GITS Replacing Nifedipine SR: Ambulatory Blood Pressure Assessment of Efficacy

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          The relative efficacy of two formulations of nifedipine, slow release (SR) and gastrointestinal therapeutic system (GITS), to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients was evaluated in a prospective study. Nifedipine GITS 30 mg/day replaced nifedipine SR, 20 mg b.i.d. in 38 patients, 23 monitored by routine blood pressure measurements and 15 by ambulatory monitoring. Nifedipine GITS achieved a marked reduction in blood pressure with a smaller dose than nifedipine SR: 30 versus 40 mg/day, respectively. It is concluded that patients with hypertension controlled on a twice-daily dose of nifedipine prolonged action can be converted to a lower once-daily dose of nifedipine GITS without experiencing any increase in blood pressure. Tolerability and compliance improved when switching to the GITS formulation.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-6620-9
          978-3-318-01632-1
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1997
          1997
          19 November 2008
          : 88
          : Suppl 3
          : 43-46
          Affiliations
          A.J. Chorley Institute for Hypertension and Department of Medicine D, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, and Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
          Article
          177506 Cardiology 1997;88:43–46
          10.1159/000177506
          9397293
          © 1997 S. Karger AG, Basel

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