Int J Curr Pharm Res, Vol 12, Issue 2, 124-128Original Article



Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s College of Pharmacy, Thergaon, Pune 411033

Received: 20 Nov 2019, Revised and Accepted: 19 Jan 2020


Objective: This study was conducted to analyze prescriptions of the hypertensive patient and to determine the awareness of physicians regarding antihypertensive drugs.

Methods: Prepare a questionnaire by the pilot study on five physicians. Review and finalized the questionnaire after discussion with pharmacologist. The answers were seek for awareness. Moreover the prescription of 30 patients was collected from the same physician who has undertaken the awareness regarding Antihypertensive Drugs. Study was conducted during Oct-2019 to Dec 2019.

Results: Average 83% awareness was found in the physician regarding antihypertensive drugs. Lack of awareness regarding diabetes and in ulcer patients was observed. Highest drug is given i.e. β blockers in antihypertensive patients. To determine the irrationality in the prescription of hypertensive patients.

Conclusion: To determine the FDC`s given to hypertensive patients. To determine the type of antihypertensive drugs given to patients.

Keywords: Rational use of Drugs, Survey on antihypertensive use, Awareness, Knowledge regarding combination drug use hypertensive patient


Hypertension is a cardiac chronic medical condition result in increasing systemic arterial blood pressure. Hypertension means blood pressure is more than 140/90 mm of Hg [1]. Symptoms: headache, sleepiness, coma, confusion. If any person suffer from high blood pressure, but certain factors can seriously aggravate hypertension and increase the risk of complications [2]. Such as a tendency in the family to suffer hypertension, obesity, smoking, diabetes type 1 or type 2, kidney diseases, excessive salt intake, lack of exercise, certain medicines, such as steroids [3]. Antihypertensive agents are classified into Angiotensin-II receptor antagonists, β-blockers, α-blockers, Calcium-channel blockers and Diuretics. Drug Interaction of Antihypertensive Drugs: 1. ACE inhibitors: a. ACE inhibitor+Alpha blocker: Acute hypotension, dizziness, fatigue or sweating develop, and to remain lying down until symptoms abate. b. ACE inhibitor+Clonidine: ACE inhibitors may potentiate the antihypertensive effects of clonidine, and this can be clinically useful. 2. Beta-blockers: Examples are Cardio selective β1 blocker (Atenolol)+Antacid: Reduced cardioselective β1 blocker absorption b. Cardio selective β1 blocker (Atenolol)+antiarrhythmic: Increased cardiac adverse effect. Alpha-blocker: a. Alpha blocker+ACE inhibitor: 3. Calcium channel blocker: a. Bepridil+Quinolones: Increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias 4. Diuretics: If possible avoid beta-blockers especially in the presence of marked LVF (left ventricular failure) [4]. β blockers that block β2 receptors and cause shortness of breath in asthmatics. As with other drugs that may use for treating high blood pressure, sexual dysfunction may be observed in patients. β blockers influence blood glucose level and mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia in patients with diabete [5]. Hypertension is associated with increased risk of stroke, myocardial infarction, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, and renal disease. Regarding changes in diet, a low sodium diet is beneficial for the patient with hypertension. The level hypertension can be treated on a number of features including a current blood pressure of patients, sodium or potassium balance, detection and omission of environmental toxic substances, changes in end or target organs for treatment, major factors for heart diseases and the age at diagnosis of prehypertension or at major risk for hypertension. Nowadays, lifestyle changes are also an important factor to lower blood pressure, before the initiation of prescription drug therapy [6]. In Antihypertensive the goal of treatment is to reduce blood pressure so that you have a lower risk of complications. Classification of Antihypertensive and their mechanism of action: 1. Diuretics-Sympatholytic (Sympathetic Depressants) 1) Beta-Adrenergic Blockers (Beta Blockers): Atenolol (Tenormin), Metoprolol (Lopressor) Beta-1 cardioselective Nadolol (Corgard), Propranolol (Inderal)-Nonselective Beta-1, Beta2 2) Centrally Acting Sympatholytics Agents or Adrenergic Blockers: Clonidine Hydrochloride, Methyldopa 3) Alpha-Adrenergic Blockers: Prazosin HCL 4) Adrenergic Neuron Blockers (Peripherally acting sympatholytics): Reserpine (Serpasil) and guanethidine (Ismelin) 5) Alpha-1 and Beta-1 Adrenergic blockers: Carteolol (Cartrol), Labetalol (Trandate). Direct-Acting Arteriolar Vasodilators–potent: Hydralazine (Apresoline)-Angiotensin Antagonists-Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) Captopril (Capoten), Enalapril (Vasotec), Lisinopril (Zestril) Angiotensin II receptor Antagonists (Blockers)-A-II Blockers: Losartan (Cozaar) Calcium Channel Blockers: Verapamil (Calan), Nifedipine (Procardia), Diltiazem (Cardizem [7].

Alpha blockers+Beta blockers: The risk of first-dose hypotension with prazosin (resulting in dizziness or even fainting) is higher if the patient is already taking a beta-blocker. This is likely to be true of other alpha-blockers, particularly alfuzosin, bunazosin and terazosin. In a small study, tamsulosin did not have any clinically relevant effects on blood pressure that was already well controlled by atenolol. Alpha-blockers and beta-blockers may be combined for an additional lowering of blood pressure in patients with hypertension. It is recommended that those already taking beta-blockers should have the dose reduced to a maintenance dose and begin with a low-dose of an alpha-blocker, with the first dose taken just before going to bed. They should also be warned about the possibility of postural hypotension and how to manage it (i.e. lay down, raise the legs, and get up slowly when recovered). Similarly, when adding a beta8. Adrenergic neuron blocker: Amfetamines+Guanethidine: When hypertensive patients taking guanethidine were given single doses of dexamfetamine or metamfetamine, the hypotensive effects of the guanethidine were completely abolished, and in some instances, the blood pressures rose higher than before treatment with the guanethidine. Direct acting arteriolar vasodilators Hydralazine+β blockers: Plasma levels of propranolol and other extensively metabolized beta-blockers (metoprolol, oxprenolol) are increased by hydralazine, but an increase in adverse effects does not seem to have been reported [8-10].

Βeta blockers: Beta-blockers were first developed by Sir James black at the imperial chemical industries in the United Kingdom in 1962. They are considered one of the most important contributions to clinical medicine and pharmacology in the 20th century, and Sir James black was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1988 for advances in medicine. Beta-blockers are one of the 4 oral medications proven in randomized control trials to decrease cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The other three agents being AcE-inhibitors, antiplatelet and statins. This quadruple therapy reduces 6 mo mortality by 90% in AcS compared with treatment by none of these. The approximate life-saving potential of these agents has been estimated; beta-blockers 33%, Aspirin 23%, ACE inhibitors 20% and Statins 15%. clinical Pharmacology Although more than 100 beta-blockers have been developed, only about 30 are available for clinical use. Water-soluble beta-blockers (Atenolol, Nadolol) tend to have longer half-lives and are eliminated via the kidney. Lipid-soluble beta-blockers (metoprolol, propranolol) are metabolized mainly in the liver and have shorter half-lives. Most of the drugs in the class are well absorbed after oral administration. The biologic half-life of beta-blockers exceeds the plasma half-life considerably. (e. g. propranolol, dosage twice a day despite a plasma half-life of 3 h) [11-14].


Literature survey is carried out to gather the drug-drug interaction information of β blockers. First of all, to collect prescription of antihypertensive patients we went to the cardiologist. We collected 30 prescriptions of hypertensive patients from Physicians and from their hypertensive patients. All prescriptions were studied for their symptoms, diagnosis, and therapy and drug-drug interactions. The statistical analysis is done by the percentage comparison method. To carry out the survey on drug-drug interaction of β-blockers, the questionnaires were prepared under the guidance of pharmacologist. These questionnaires were presented to all cardiologists and answers given by them are noted. To carry out this survey we went to cardiologist. By taking the appointment of each physician questionnaires were presented to them. All these answers are viewed carefully and percentage calculation is done for each answer. Also we ask the physicians for, what type of drug-drug interactions are observed by them while prescribing the β-blockers? And what is the solution for this problem. Then we discuss about the methods which are carried out by physicians to avoid drug-drug interactions of β-blockers.


DDI’s Knowledge Survey among Physicians

Q.1. How much time taken by the β-blocker to normalize hypertension of Patients?
a.1-3 w b. not predictable
Q.2 Is β1 selective blocker (Atenolol) is safer drug for asthmatic patient?
a. Yes b. No
Q.3 Is β1 selective blocker (Atenolol) is safer drug for a diabetic patient?
a. Yes b. No
Q.4 If β1 selective blockers are more useful than non-selective β Blocker?
a. Yes b. No
Q.5 If you preferred to prescribe antacids with β blockers?
a. Yes b. No
Q.6. Whether β1 selective blocker used in younger patients or old age Patients?
a. Young age patient b. Old age patient
Q.7. If Atenolol safer in pregnancy?
a. Yes b. No
Q.8. If you are not prescribing β1 selective blocker to old age patients then what would you like to prescribe them?
a. Diuretics,α blockers b. CCB’s, ACE inhibitors
Q.9 Along with β blocker what combination of the drug usually prescribed?
a. Beta blockers+Diuretics b. Beta blockers+CCB’s
Ideal answers
Ans.1: 1-3 w.
Ans.2: Yes. Because it is β1 selective blocker doesn’t have any action on β2 receptors and hence doesn’t do bronchoconstriction.
Ans.3: Yes. Because it does not interfere with carbohydrate metabolism hence does not interfere with glycolysis hence safe to give in a diabetic patient.
Ans.4: Yes. Because it pass the blood-brain barrier and doesn’t have an unfavorable effect on lipid profile (LDL/HDL) hence does not leads to reduce work capacity, fatigue loss of libido and nightmare and also reduces chances of bronchoconstriction.
Ans.5: Yes. Because usually hypertensive patients suffer from acidity problem and if there is a decrease in absorption of atenolol due to drug-drug interaction, then it is adjusted by prolong medication of β-blockers
Ans.6: Young age patients. Preferably for young non-obese who having hypertension due to stress and those with a post-ischemic attack.

Ans.7: Yes. But in the selective case where no other choice. If non-selective β blocker is used in pregnancy then it can cause low birth weight, decreases placental size, neonatal bradycardia and hypoglycemia.

Ans.8: Usually, for old age patient CCB’s and ACE Inhibitors are used.

Ans.9: β blocker+diuretics are usually used.

Table 1: Percentage patient in the age group

Age Number of patients Percentage
Upto 30 Y 4 13.33%
31-50 Y 22 73.33%
Above 50 Y 4 13.33%

Table 2: Male-female percentage ratio

Patients Number of patients Percentage
MALE 12 40%
FEMALE 18 60%

Table 3: Drug interaction with β-blockers

Combination Effect produced No. of prescription Percentage
Atenolol+Antacid Antihypertensive effect of β blocker get reduced 5 16.66%
Atenolol+Diuretics Dose of β blocker drug gets reduced 6 20%
Total 11 36.66%
Patients Number of patient Percentage
Male 12 40%
Female 18 60%
Total 30

Table 4: Percentage of drug therapy given to the patient's drug-

Drug Active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) Number of patient prescribed Percentage



Atenol (25)

β-Blockers 5 16.67%


Amlovas (5)

Angiotensin-ǀ Receptor Antagonist 3 10%
Temsan (40) Angiotensin-ǀ Receptor Blockers 1 3.33%



Ace Inhibitors 3 10%
Losar Beta Angiotensin-ǀǀ Antagonist+β-Blockers 5 16.67%



Stamlo Beta

Β-Blockers+Ace Inhibitors 7 23.33%
Repalol-H Β-Blockers+Angiotensin-ǀǀ Antagonist+Diuretics 6 20%
Total 30

Fig. 1: Percentage of patient with age group

Fig. 2: Male-female percentage ratio

Fig. 3: Drug-drug interaction with β-Blockers

Fig. 4: Percentage of drug therapy given to the patients

Table 5: Question answer in percentage

S. No. Question Percentage
1. Physicians saying that antihypertensive activity of β blocker within 1-3 w 100%
2. Physicians saying that β blocker is safe to give in asthmatic patient 48%
3. Physicians saying that β blocker is safe to give in diabetic patient 80%
4. Physicians saying that β1 selective blocker are more useful than non-selective β blockers 92%
5. Physicians prescribing β blockers with antacids 84%
6. Physicians saying that β blockers are more useful in young age patients 100%
7. Physicians saying that β blockers are safe in pregnancy 40%
8. Physicians prescribing CCB’s and ACE inhibitors to old age patient 100%
9. Physicians prescribing combination therapy of β blockers+Diuretics 100%
Average 83%



Fig. 5: Question no. and answer in percentage


In our survey According to antihypertensive prescription about 40% of male and 60% of female patient are observe. All the physicians prefer to prescribe β blockers in young age patients (table 1, 2) In old age patient CCB’s and ACE inhibitors are more commonly used than β blockers. All the physicians are prescribing β1 selective blockers than non-selective β blockers. Only few physicians are prescribing β blockers in physical conditions like asthma and pregnancy due to their side effects. β blockers can be easily prescribed by physician in diabetic patient due to less side effects in this physical condition. There is about 16.66% drug-drug interactions of β-blockers with aluminum base antacids are observed [15]. 20% drug-drug interactions are observed between β-blockers and diuretics. β blockers+Diuretics are more commonly prescribed drug combination for hypertension (table 3, 4)

Antacids are more frequently used by physicians with β blockers although there is drug-drug interaction among them. This is due to hypertensive patients usually suffer from acidity problems (table 5). But this combination causes decrease in absorption of β1 selective blocker drug. This type of interactions is avoided by prolong medication of β blockers and frequent monitoring B. P. of hypertensive patient by regular F/O. From the survey it is observed that 36.66% drug interaction observed among the all prescription. Therefore, it seems that although there is prolong medication and combination drug therapy to avoid drug-drug interaction of β-blockers but more number of drug-drug interactions are observed in case of β-blockers. Physicians are aware about drug-drug interaction of β-blockers but there are frequent cases of drug-drug interactions of β-blockers. Although there are more number of drug-drug interactions of β-blockers all over about 60% physicians are still prescribing β-blockers to treat hypertension. Therefore, it is needed to observe drug-drug interaction of β-blockers among various combinations to avoid it.


Authors are grateful to Dr. Manohar J. Patil, Principal, Marathwada Mitra Mandal`s College of Pharmacy, Pune for providing the facility to conduct the study


ACE: Angiotensin Converting Enzyme. FDC: Food Drug Combination. CCB: Calcium Chanel Blockers. LDL: low-density lipoprotein. HDL: High-density lipoprotein. References




All the authors have contributed equally.


The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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