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Effects of transdermal clonidine in young and elderly patients with mild hypertension: evaluation by three noninvasive methods of blood pressure measurement.
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PMID:  2441166     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The efficiency of the clonidine transdermal therapeutic system was assessed in a group of patients under 35 years of age and in another group of patients over 60 years of age. The patients in both groups had mild uncomplicated hypertension. Blood pressure (BP) was measured by the three following methods: by the physician; by an automatic device at the outpatient clinic; and by the patient at home. Seventeen young patients (mean age, 26 years) and 18 elderly patients (mean age, 68.5 years) were included in a double-blind crossover study comprising four periods of 2 weeks each, during which patients were given, weekly, either placebo or one and then two transdermal clonidine patches containing 2.5 mg of the drug. In the younger group, the average systolic and diastolic BPs measured by the physician after administration of two clonidine patches were, respectively, 4.9 and 5.9 mm Hg lower than after placebo (p less than 0.05). The absolute drop was more significant in the older group (9.3 and 6.0 mm Hg; p less than 0.01). In the young group, placebo markedly reduced systolic BP (9.8 mm Hg; p less than 0.01), and comparison of the three methods of BP measurement demonstrated their great reactivity to the physician's presence. Nine young and eight elderly patients received clonidine treatment for an average duration of 9 +/- 5 months. Six cases of skin reactions occurred and limited the usefulness of the clonidine transdermal system used in this study.
X Jeunemaitre; E Ged; M B Ducrocq; F Alhenc-Gelas; P Corvol; J Menard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiovascular pharmacology     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0160-2446     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Cardiovasc. Pharmacol.     Publication Date:  1987 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-09-24     Completed Date:  1987-09-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902492     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Pharmacol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  162-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Cutaneous
Blood Pressure / drug effects*
Blood Pressure Determination / methods
Clonidine / administration & dosage,  adverse effects,  pharmacology*
Dermatitis, Contact / etiology
Double-Blind Method
Hypertension / drug therapy*,  physiopathology
Middle Aged
Random Allocation
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