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Efficacy of fimasartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination in hypertensive patients inadequately controlled by fimasartan monotherapy

Authors Rhee M, Baek S, Kim W, Park CG, Park SW, Oh B, Kim S, Kim J, Shin J, Yoo B, Rim S, Ha J, Doh JH, Ahn YK, Chae JK, Park JB, Kim S, Kim CH

Received 3 February 2015

Accepted for publication 25 March 2015

Published 2 June 2015 Volume 2015:9 Pages 2847—2854


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Shu-Feng Zhou

Moo-Yong Rhee,1 Sang Hong Baek,2 Weon Kim,3 Chang Gyu Park,4 Seung Woo Park,5 Byung-Hee Oh,6 Sang-Hyun Kim,7 Jae-Joong Kim,8 Joon-Han Shin,9 Byung-Su Yoo,10 Se-Joong Rim,11 Jong-Won Ha,12 Joon Hyung Doh,13 Youngkeun Ahn,14 Jei Keon Chae,15 Jeong Bae Park,16 Soon-Kil Kim,17 Cheol Ho Kim18

1Cardiovascular Center, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, 2Catholic University of Korea, Seoul St Mary’s Hospital, Seoul, 3Cardiovascular Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul, 4Division of Cardiology, Guro Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, 5Division of Cardiology, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, 6Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, 7Division of Cardiology, Seoul Metropolitan Government Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, 8Division of Cardiology, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, 9Division of Cardiology, Ajou University Hospital, Suwon, 10Division of Cardiology, Wonju Severance Christian Hospital, Wonju, 11Division of Cardiology, GangNam Severance Hospital, Seoul, 12Division of Cardiology, Severance Hospital, Seoul, 13Division of Cardiology, Inje University Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, 14Department of Cardiology, Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju, 15Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju, 16Department of Cardiology, Cheil General Hospital, Dankook University College of Medicine, Seoul, 17Department of Cardiology, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Guri, 18Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Republic of Korea

Background: The study reported here compared the blood pressure (BP)-lowering efficacy of fimasartan alone with that of fimasartan/hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) combination in patients whose BP goal was not achieved after 4 weeks of treatment with once-daily fimasartan 60 mg.
Methods: Patients with sitting diastolic blood pressure (siDBP) ≥90 mmHg with 4 weeks of once-daily fimasartan 60 mg were randomly assigned to receive either once-daily fimasartan 60 mg/HCTZ 12.5 mg or fimasartan 60 mg for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, the dose was increased from fimasartan 60 mg/HCTZ 12.5 mg to fimasartan 120 mg/HCTZ 12.5 mg or from fimasartan 60 mg to fimasartan 120 mg if siDBP was ≥90 mmHg.
Results: Of the 263 randomized patients, 256 patients who had available efficacy data were analyzed. The fimasartan/HCTZ treatment group showed a greater reduction of siDBP compared to the fimasartan treatment group at Week 4 (6.88±8.10 mmHg vs 3.38±7.33, P=0.0008), and the effect persisted at Week 8 (8.67±9.39 mmHg vs 5.02±8.27 mmHg, P=0.0023). Reduction of sitting systolic BP in the fimasartan/HCTZ treatment group was also greater than that in the fimasartan treatment group (at Week 4, 10.50±13.76 mmHg vs 5.75±12.18 mmHg, P=0.0069 and, at Week 8, 13.45±15.15 mmHg vs 6.84±13.57 mmHg, P=0.0007). The proportion of patients who achieved a reduction of siDBP ≥10 mmHg from baseline and/or a mean siDBP <90 mmHg after 4 weeks of treatment was higher in the fimasartan/HCTZ treatment group than in the fimasartan treatment group (53.6% vs 39.8%, P=0.0359). The overall incidence of adverse drug reaction was 11.79% with no significant difference between the treatment groups.
Conclusion: The combination treatment of fimasartan and HCTZ achieved better BP control than fimasartan monotherapy, and had comparable safety and tolerance to fimasartan monotherapy.

Keywords: blood pressure, antihypertensive, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, angiotensin-receptor blocker, angiotensin II type 1 receptor, renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system inhibitor

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