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Friday 13 April 2007

23 brands of anti-hypertensive tablets tested:All conformed


The Consumer Magazine (March-April 2007) has published the findings of its in-house comparative product testing laboratory on 23 brands (5 molecules) of anti-hypertensive tablets. The brands tested are sold countrywide.

People understand the increase in blood pressure and attribute it to their daily diet. The increase in blood pressure is also symbollic of hypertension. Among other things, the increase in blood pressure may be due to physical exercise, stress, anxiety, emotional changes. If hypertension is ignored, the complications arising as a result may cause severe disability, more than other types of diseases. The complications may lead even to death. Patients of hypertension may be treated with change of lifestyle or prescribed anti-hypertensive tablets or both.

So we decided to test these life-saving drugs.

It would be a relief to know that all the brands tested complied with the Standards specified in the British, Indian, and US Pharmacopoeia.

Two Kinds of Drugs

We selected single molecule and combination tablets of anti-hypertensive drugs. Mostly combination drugs are preferred and prescribed by doctors now.

The molecules tested were atenolol, enalapril, lisinopril. Atenolol is a beta-blocker, enalapril and lisinopril are ACE inhibitors. Enalapril maleate with hydrochlorothiazide and atenolol with chlorthalidone were the combination drugs tested. Enalapril maleate with hydrochlorothiazide is ACE inhibitor with thiazide and atenolol with chlorthalidone is beta blocker with calcium channel blocker.

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