Irbesartan/Amlodipine: A Review of its Use in Adult Patients with Essential Hypertension Not Adequately Controlled with Monotherapy

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Combination therapy is often required in patients with hypertension, and fixed-dose single-pill combinations have been shown to provide an easier regimen for patients, improving adherence. Irbesartan/amlodipine (Aprovasc®) is an angiotensin-receptor blocker/calcium-channel blocker fixed-dose single-pill combination, whose constituent drugs exert additive effects when coadministered. In two randomized, open-label, multicentre, phase III trials, fixed-dose combination therapy with irbesartan/amlodipine was more effective than continuation of irbesartan or amlodipine monotherapy in patients with hypertension not adequately controlled with initial irbesartan or amlodipine monotherapy; there was a significantly greater decrease from baseline in mean seated home systolic blood pressure (primary endpoint) with the fixed-dose combination. The fixed-dose combination was also associated with a greater decrease in mean seated home diastolic blood pressure and mean seated office systolic and diastolic blood pressure than monotherapy. The fixed-dose combination of irbesartan/amlodipine was well tolerated in these patients; most treatment-emergent adverse events were of mild or moderate severity. The most frequent adverse event was peripheral oedema, generally associated with amlodipine treatment.

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