Research Article

Role of nifedipine in treatment of hypertension.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 23 July 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:257
  1. M B Murphy,
  2. A J Scriven,
  3. C T Dollery


    The efficacy of nifedipine in the treatment of hypertension was assessed in 15 patients whose hypertension continued while being treated with atenolol 100 mg and bendrofluazide 5 mg daily. Nifedipine was added in doses of 10, 20, and 30 mg three times daily in a placebo controlled, double blind trial. One patient was withdrawn from the trial because of severe postural hypotension with the highest dose. Erect and supine blood pressure in the remaining 14 patients were significantly reduced by all doses of nifedipine. The drug was well tolerated but plasma potassium fell by 0.3 mmol(mEq)/1 during treatment (p less than 0.05). Nifedipine is thus effective in the treatment of hypertension but should probably be used in combination with a potassium sparing diuretic.