Meeting Highlights


Combination Therapy With Perindopril Plus Amlodipine Promising in Hypertension

Presented by Stéphane Laurent, France

Combination therapy of hypertension with perindopril and amlodipine resulted in a larger decrease in blood pressure (BP) compared with monotherapy with either agent or placebo. Stéphane Laurent, MD, PhD, Hospital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, presented data from a clinical trial evaluating fixed-dose combination of perindopril and amlodipine in patients with hypertension.

Many patients have uncontrolled hypertension even when taking combination therapy of current antihypertensive agents. Current treatment guidelines recommend the use of fixed combinations of antihypertensive therapies early in the disease course. The purpose of this trial was to evaluate a new generation of antihypertensive combination therapy with optimized doses for the first-line use in patients newly diagnosed with hypertension.

The primary endpoints included superiority of perindopril 3.5 mg plus amlodipine 2.5 mg compared with placebo and monotherapy, and noninferiority of perindopril 3.5 mg plus amlodipine 2.5 mg compared with perindopril 5 mg and amlodipine 5 mg. The secondary endpoints included the response rate and safety profile of combination therapy.

In the double-blind study, 1497 patients with hypertension were randomly assigned to receive perindopril monotherapy of 3.5 mg or 5 mg, amlodipine monotherapy of 2.5 mg or 5 mg, perindopril 3.5 mg plus amlodipine 2.5 mg, or placebo for about 8 weeks. All patients received placebo during the 2- to 3-week run-in period. At baseline, the mean age was 51.7 years, 46.7% were male, mean body mass index was 26.8 kg/m2, mean weight was 77.7 kg, and mean abdominal waist circumference was 90.8 cm. In addition, 26.4% of patients were smokers, 26% consumed alcohol, 6.4% had hypercholesteremia, 5.9% had dyslipidemia, and 15% had metabolic syndrome.

The study met all the primary endpoints (p<0.001). Change in supine systolic BP (SBP) from baseline was greatest in the perindopril plus amlodipine (-22.0 mmHg) and the amlodipine 5 mg monotherapy (-21.8 mmHg) arms. The placebo (-14.2 mmHg), perindopril 3.5 mg monotherapy (-16.3 mmHg), amlodipine 2.5 mg monotherapy (-16.0), and perindopril 5 mg monotherapy (-18.2) arms also demonstrated a decrease in SBP from baseline. There was a similar trend for diastolic BP (DBP). In the combination therapy arm, 43.5% of patients experienced normalization compared with 37.9%, 33.3%, and 26.6% in the amlodipine 5 mg, perindopril 5 mg, and placebo arms (p<0.001), respectively.

A greater rate of lower limb edema was noted in patients who received amlodipine 5 mg monotherapy compared with perindopril monotherapy or combination therapy. In contrast, cough and orthostatic hypotension occurred more frequently in the perindopril monotherapy arm compared with the amlodipine monotherapy and combination therapy arms.

Dr. Laurent stated concluded tgat data from this trial indicate that perindopril 3.5 mg plus amlodipine 2.5 mg combination therapy provides a better benefit-risk ratio compared with monotherapy as the combination resulted in a greater reduction in BP with a similar safety profile. Therefore, he suggested that combination therapy of hypertension with perindopril 3.5 mg plus amlodipine 2.5 mg may be suitable as first-line therapy.