The acute effect of phenylpropanolamine and brompheniramine on blood pressure in controlled hypertension - A randomized double-blind crossover trial

Alice Stollenwerk Petrulis, Thomas F. Imperiale, Theodore Speroff

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Abstract

Study objective:To determine the acute effect of phenylpropanolamine, 75 mg, and brompheniramine, 12 mg, in combination (PPA/B) on blood pressure in patients with controlled hypertension, using ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM). Design:Randomized double-blind crossover trial. Setting:Outpatient clinic at one medical center. Participants:13 healthy volunteers aged 36 to 64 years, receiving medication for hypertension. Interventions:Following 24-hour baseline ABPM, participants were randomized to receive either placebo or PPA/B every 12 hours for three doses, while ABPM continued. After a 24-hour washout period, all participants received the crossover regimen. Measurements and main results:No clinically important or statistically significant difference was noted for mean systolic and diastolic blood pressures during the baseline (125/75), PPA/B (127/72), and placebo (126/73) phases of the study. Within the first four hours of treatment, the mean change in systolic blood pressure from baseline between PPA/B and placebo phases was 1.7 mm Hg (95% CI -5.3 to 8.7), and mean change in diastolic blood pressure was 0.9 mm Hg (95% CI -1.6 to 3.5), excluding a first-dose pressor effect. Conclusion:When used as recommended, PPA/B, a commonly used over-the-counter cold medication, has no significant acute effect on blood pressure in patients with controlled hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-506
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • blood pressure
  • brompheniramine
  • decongestants
  • hypertension
  • phenylpropanolamine
  • sympathomimetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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