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      Clinical Advantage of Valsartan

      S. Karger AG
      Valsartan, Hypertension, Additive effects, Combination therapy, Tolerability

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          Valsartan is a specific angiotensin II receptor antagonist with high selectivity for the AT<sub>1</sub> receptor subtype. After oral administration of single or repeated once-daily doses, valsartan 40–80 mg inhibits the pressor response to angiotensin II for 24 hours. In patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension, efficacy of valsartan appears to be independent of age, sex, and race, and is at least equivalent to that of calcium antagonists, ACE inhibitors, or thiazide diuretics. Response rate to valsartan 160 mg o.d. is significantly greater than after receiving losartan 100 mg o.d. Valsartan has additive effects with other antihypertensive drugs and combination therapy is effective in severe hypertension and in hypertension with renal insufficiency, where renal function is well maintained. Valsartan has good tolerability with a side-effect profile indistinguishable from placebo and superior to that of comparable drugs. Valsartan does not cause cough or adverse metabolic effects; first dose hypotension and rebound hypertension on abrupt withdrawal have not been encountered. Valsartan has clear clinical advantage in the management of hypertension. Its impact on prognosis in patients with a high risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality is under evaluation.

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            Pharmacokinetics, disposition and biotransformation of [14C]-radiolabelled valsartan in healthy male volunteers after a single oral dose.

            1. The disposition of valsartan, a potent angiotensin II receptor antagonist, was investigated in six healthy male volunteers. They each received a single oral dose of 80 mg of a 14C-labelled preparation as a neutral buffered solution. 2. Peak concentrations of radioactivity and valsartan in plasma measured 1 h after dosing showed rapid onset of absorption. The results of this study combined with other available data indicate that at least 51% of the dose was absorbed. 3. Valsartan was the predominant radioactive compound in plasma. Elimination of valsartan and radioactivity was fast and multiexponential. beta-Half-lives of 6 +/- 1 h were observed. In a terminal elimination phase, low radioactivity levels decreased with a half-life of 81 +/- 33 h. A minor, pharmacologically inactive metabolite (valeryl-4-hydroxy-valsartan; M1) was detected in the plasma at time points later than 2 h after dosing, representing approximately 11% of the AUC(24 h) of plasma radioactivity. 4. The bulk of the dose was excreted within 4 days. The total excretion within 7 days amounted to 99 +/- 1% of dose. Faecal excretion was predominant (86 +/- 5% of dose). Valsartan was largely excreted unchanged (81 +/- 5% of the dose in the excreta). The predominant clearance mechanism appeared to be direct elimination via bile. 5. An inactive metabolite, M1, was formed by oxidative biotransformation and accounted for 9 +/- 3% of the dose in the excreta.
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              Angiotensin II receptor inhibition. A new therapeutic principle.

              Angiotensin II receptor antagonists represent a new class of drugs that provide a site-specific blockade of the effects of angiotensin II. Losartan potassium, the first compound of this drug class, has recently become available in the United States. The clinical experience with angiotensin II receptor antagonists has demonstrated that these drugs are safe and efficacious for the treatment of hypertension and, possibly, congestive heart failure. Unlike with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, the incidence of cough observed with angiotensin receptor antagonists is similar to that with placebo. Although several angiotensin receptors have been characterized, the effects of losartan and other angiotensin receptor antagonists under development are selective for the angiotensin II type 1 receptor. Unlike angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor antagonists do not inhibit bradykinin metabolism or enhance prostaglandin synthesis. The antihypertensive efficacy of the angiotensin receptor antagonists has been documented to be similar to that of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors. If the findings of clinical studies corroborate the initial reports on efficacy and safety, it seems likely that the angiotensin receptor antagonists will be added to the list of drugs that have been deemed suitable for first-line therapy in the treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure.

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                S. Karger AG
                August 1999
                06 August 1999
                : 91
                : Suppl 1
                : 14-18
                University Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, UK
                47283 Cardiology 1999;91(suppl 1):14–18
                © 1999 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Tables: 5, References: 34, Pages: 5

                General medicine,Neurology,Cardiovascular Medicine,Internal medicine,Nephrology
                Additive effects,Valsartan,Tolerability,Hypertension,Combination therapy


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