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      A Comparison of Epanolol and Nifedipine in Stable Angina Patients: Results of a Multicentre Trial

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      Cardiology

      S. Karger AG

      Angina pectoris, Epanolol, Nifedipine

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          Epanolol (200 mg once daily) was compared with nifedipine (20 mg twice daily) in a multicentre, double-blind, randomised, crossover study in which 571 patients with stable angina pectoris were entered. Efficacy was assessed by anginal attack rate and short-acting nitrate consumption. Symptoms and treatment preference of the patients were assessed by questionnaires. Assessments were made at baseline and after each 4-week treatment period. Both treatments were equally efficacious as demonstrated by weekly anginal attack rates and nitrate usage. Of those patients who expressed a preference for treatment, 61 % expressed a preference for epanolol compared with 39% for nifedipine. Significantly fewer patients reported experiencing flushing, pedal oedema or feeling generally unwell (p < 0.01) during the epanolol treatment period. Patients withdrew from nifedipine treatment more often than from epanolol because of adverse effects. Hence, epanolol was found to be as efficacious as nifedipine in patients with stable angina pectoris, but exhibited a superior tolerability profile and was preferred by more patients.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1991
          1991
          12 November 2008
          : 79
          : 4
          : 249-255
          Affiliations
          ICI Pharmaceuticals, Alderley Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK
          Article
          174887 Cardiology 1991;79:249–255
          10.1159/000174887
          1685942
          © 1991 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 7
          Categories
          Clinical Pharmacology

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