Journal article

Aldosterone receptor antagonists for hypertension: what do they offer?

Danny Liew, Henry Krum

Drugs | Published : 2003

Abstract

Aldosterone is an important and independent target for therapeutic intervention in hypertension and hypertension-related diseases. Its actions, once thought to be limited to the distal convoluted tubule of the kidney, are now recognised to be wide-ranging, including interactions with mineralocorticoid receptors in diverse cardiovascular sites to mediate vascular and myocardial remodelling and dysfunction. The latter are referred as non-epithelial actions. Spironolactone, an aldosterone receptor antagonist, is indicated for the treatment of mineralocorticoid hypertension, but its use is limited by an adverse effect profile that includes not only by hyperkalaemia, but also antiandrogenic and p..

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