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Tolvaptan, hyponatremia, and heart failure

Authors Zmily H, Daifallah S, Ghali J

Published 31 March 2011 Volume 2011:4 Pages 57—71


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Hammam D Zmily1, Suleiman Daifallah2, Jalal K Ghali3
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI, USA; 2John D Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, MI, USA; 3Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI, USA

Abstract: Tolvaptan is the first FDA-approved oral V2 receptor antagonist for the treatment of euvolemic and hypervolemic hyponatremia, in patients with conditions associated with free water excess such as heart failure, cirrhosis, and the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion. Tolvaptan inhibits the binding of arginine vasopressin to the V2 receptors on the collecting ducts of the kidneys resulting in aquaresis, the electrolytes sparing excretion of water. This article reviews the accumulated experience with tolvaptan and all the major clinical trials that were conducted to study its safety and efficacy and concludes by summarizing clinicians’ views of its current application in clinical practice.

Keywords: arginine vasopressin antagonist, tolvaptan, heart failure, hyponatremia

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