The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Exforge HCT
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Most patients with hypertension require more than one drug to control their blood pressure.1 Exforge HCT (Novartis) is a new 3-drug fixed-dose combination tablet approved by the FDA for treatment of hypertension. It combines the calcium-channel blocker amlodipine (Norvasc, and others) and the angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) valsartan (Diovan), which are already available in a combination tablet (Exforge), with the most commonly prescribed diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). Exforge HCT is not approved for initial treatment of hypertension, but rather for patients not adequately controlled on a 2-drug combination of a calcium-channel blocker, an ARB or a diuretic. It can also be substituted for amlodipine, valsartan and HCTZ in patients already taking all 3 of these drugs.

CLINICAL STUDY — In an unpublished clinical trial (described in the ... more      

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