Pharmacology – HYPERTENSION & ANTIHYPERTENSIVES (MADE EASY)

Topics covered include: basic pathophysiology of hypertension, regulation of blood pressure, cardiac output, systemic vascular resistance, baroreceptors, alpha & beta receptors, vasoconstriction, vasodilation, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, bradykinin, nitric oxide. Mechanism of action of antihypertensive drugs and their side effects; adrenergic antagonists; alpha & beta blockers, centrally acting adrenergic agents, dihydropyridine & nondihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, loop, thiazide, potassium-sparing diuretics, renin inhibitors, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor type 1 blockers (ARBs), endothelin receptor antagonist, dopamine-1 receptor agonist, peripheral vasodilators. Drugs mentioned include; Doxazosin, Prazosin, Clonidine, Methyldopa, Amlodipine, Felodipine, Nicardipine, Nifedipine, Diltiazem, Verapamil, Furosemide, Hydrochlorothiazide, Triamterene, Spironolactone, Aliskiren, Benazepril, Captopril, Enalapril, Lisinopril, Quinapril, Ramipril, Candesartan, Irbesartan, Losartan, Olmesartan, Valsartan, Bosentan, Fenoldopam, Sodium Nitroprusside, Nitroglycerin, Hydralazine, and Minoxidil.

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