European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 519–524 | Cite as

The haemodynamic and humoral effects of treatment for one month with the angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor perindopril in salt replete hypertensive patients

  • K. R. Lees
  • J. L. Reid


We have studied the effects of treatment for one month with perindopril, 4 or 8 mg once daily, in seven hypertensive patients. Blood pressure was lowered from 164/93 mm Hg to 145/84 mm Hg by 4 mg of perindopril and after one month remained at 142/82 mm Hg. Neither postural hypotension nor tachycardia occurred.

Inhibition of plasma angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) lasting for over 24 h was achieved and there was a significant increase in plasma renin activity (PRA).

Maximum plasma concentrations of the active metabolite of perindopril, S-9780, were detected four h after oral administration.

After treatment for one month there was evidence of reduced sensitivity of plasma ACE to the action of the inhibitor. The plasma concentration of S-9780 required to produce 50% inhibition of plasma ACE rose from 2.4 ng · ml−1 following the first dose to 5.5 ng · ml−1 after one month.

Key words

perindopril hypertension angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition renin-angiotensin system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. R. Lees
    • 1
  • J. L. Reid
    • 1
  1. 1.University Department of Materia MedicaStobhill General HospitalGlasgowUK

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