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A systematic review and meta-analysis of aliskiren and angiotension receptor blockers in the management of essential hypertension.
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PMID:  21059822     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Aliskiren is a novel antihypertensive agent and the first direct renin inhibitor (DRI) in clinical use. Several clinical trials have compared DRI with angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) in the management of essential hypertension. However, systematic comparison of efficacy and safety between DRIs and ARBs is still lacking. We reviewed randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing aliskiren with ARBs for net reduction of blood pressure from baseline, achieved rate of control, and incidences of common and serious adverse events. Weighted mean differences (WMD) and relative risk (RR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated for continuous and dichotomous data, respectively. Seven RCTs with 5488 patients were included in this meta-analysis. We compared the efficacy of aliskiren and ARBs in reducing systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP). No differences were found between the two groups. Aliskiren combined with ARBs was superior to aliskiren monotherapy at the maximum recommended dose on SBP and DBP reduction. (WMD -4.80, 95% CI -6.22- -3.39, p < 0.0001; WMD -2.96, 95% CI -4.63--1.28, p = 0.0001; respectively). Similar results were found with aliskiren combined with ARBs versus ARB monotherapy (WMD -4.43, 95% CI -5.91--2.96, p < 0.0001; WMD -2.40; 95% CI -3.41--1.39, p < 0.0001; respectively). No differences were found in adverse events between the aliskiren and ARB groups. Similar results were found with aliskiren and ARB combination therapy and its respective monotherapy. We conclude that aliskiren's BP-lowering capabilities were comparable to those of ARBs. Aliskiren and ARB combination therapy provided more effective BP reduction than each respective monotherapy without increasing adverse events.
Zhenfeng Zheng; Huilan Shi; Junya Jia; Dong Li; Shan Lin
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-11-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system : JRAAS     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1752-8976     ISO Abbreviation:  J Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone Syst     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100971636     Medline TA:  J Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone Syst     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  102-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Nephrology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Tianjin Medical University, China.
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