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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00141596
Recruitment Status :
(Insufficient accrual rate)
The optimal treatment of drug resistant (defined as BP> 140/85 despite three anti-hypertensive drugs including a diuretic) is not well defined. This study aims to test the hypothesis that resistant hypertension is caused by excessive expansion of extracellular fluid volume. A secondary objective is to study which of three different antihypertensive drugs would be most useful in drug resistant hypertension.
Following recruitment subjects will have ECV measured by 51Cr-EDTA determination of GFR, with Brochner-Mortensen correction applied. Subjects then receive the following drugs, in a randomised fashion, for a period of four weeks each, with BP & ECV measurement at end of each period: doxazosin GITS (Cardura XL) 4 mg b.d.; frusemide 40 mg b.d.; amiloride 5 mg b.d.; placebo.
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