What is the goal of drug treatment for hypertensive encephalopathy?

Updated: Dec 10, 2018
  • Author: Irawan Susanto, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Pharmacologic agents selected for use in hypertensive encephalopathy should have few or no adverse effects on the central nervous system (CNS). Antihypertensive medications used in this setting include labetalol, nicardipine, esmolol, nitroprusside sodium, phentolamine, nitroglycerin, and hydralazine.


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