The role of olmesartan medoxomil in the management of hypertension.Drugs. 2004; 64(24):2731-9.D
Intensive blood pressure control is a desirable and obtainable goal in patients with hypertension, according to the most recent treatment guidelines from Europe and the US. Achieving target blood pressure depends on the efficacy of antihypertensive treatment and patient compliance. Olmesartan medoxomil, a non-peptidergic angiotensin AT1 receptor antagonist, has been shown to be effective and well tolerated. Continuation of initial treatment is higher with AT1 receptor antagonists than for any other class of antihypertensive drugs. Olmesartan medoxomil may also have end-organ protective effects that provide additional clinical benefit. Optimal blood pressure control may be achieved faster if initial treatment contains the most efficacious and well tolerated antihypertensive drug or drugs. The ongoing European study, known as OLMEBEST (Efficacy and safety of OLMEsartan: reduction of Blood pressure in the treatment of patients suffering from mild to moderate ESsenTial hypertension), will provide important information on the use of olmesartan medoxomil as an initial treatment for hypertension.