oa South African Family Practice - Common and less common adverse effects of antihypertensives : a general practitioner's perspective : SA Hypertension Society Supplement

Volume 54, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



About 35% of hypertensive patients will discontinue their medication within six months, and in at least 50% of cases, the reason for discontinuation relates to adverse effects and patient dissatisfaction. Therefore, it is imperative that hypertension practitioners are fully cognisant of the adverse effects of antihypertensive drugs. The focus in this article will be on the six major classes of drugs, namely diuretics, angiotensin-converting (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensinreceptor blockers (ARBs), calcium-channel blockers, beta blockers and alpha blockers.

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