Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 1999; 3 (6): 269-275

Management of antihypertensive treatment with Lisinopril: a chronotherapeutic approach

C. Macchiarulo, R. Pieri, D. Chieppa Mitolo*, A. Pirrelli

Department of Clinical Methodology and Medico-Surgical Technologies, Division of Hypertension, Medical School, University of Bari (Italy)
*Department of Pharmacology Human Physiology, Pharmacology Section – Bari (Italy)

Abstract. – Risk for cardiovascular events seems to be higher in the early morning, also as consequence of a rise in blood pressure (BP) values due to the characteristic circadian pattern of BP variability. Therefore, a suitable therapeutic BP control should be tightest during the early morning. On the basis of the ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) studies, it has been previously demonstrated that the antihypertensive effect of once daily drug, generally administrated in the morning, decreases at the end of the dosing period. A chronotherapeutic approach to the management of hypertension (this field has been pourly investigated so far) would allow the assessment of the optimum timing of drug dosing, according to the circadian BP rhythm and to the chronorisk maps, in hypertensive patients affected by associated vascular pathologies. This would increase the therapeutic effects. The aim of this study was to assess BP changes due to ACE-inhibitor (Lisinopril 20 mg/die) once daily administration at three different times (8.00 AM, 4.00 PM, 10.00 PM), in order to optimise the dosing time. 40 subjects (mean age± SD: 45±10) affected by primary mild to moderate hypertension were submitted to ABPM for 24 hours, by means of Spacelabs 90207, before and after pharmacological treatment. Patients were randomised to take the drug at 8.00 AM, 4.00 PM or 10.00 PM, and they repeated ABPM every two months, by changing the dosing time. The chronobiological analysis showed: 1) a sensible decrease both in Systolic (S)BP and Diastolic (D)BP without affecting the circadian rhythm, in all evaluations; 2) a greater reduction of SBP and DBP from 6.00 AM to 11.00 AM, period in which cardiovascular risk is higher, after 10.00 PM dosing; 3) no other sensible reduction in SBP and DBP occurred after night administration as compared to that caused by other dosing times. Lisinopril administration at 10.00 PM. has been shown to be much more useful since, although BP circadian rhythm was unmodified, it protects hypertensive patients from both vascular chronorisk and Cruickshank effect (J-curve). Therefore, a chronobiologic approach is expected to be useful in the assessment of antihypertensive treatment in order to increase the therapeutic effect already obtained with the traditional statistic methods.

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C. Macchiarulo, R. Pieri, D. Chieppa Mitolo*, A. Pirrelli
Management of antihypertensive treatment with Lisinopril: a chronotherapeutic approach

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 1999
Vol. 3 - N. 6
Pages: 269-275