Which medications in the drug class Vasodilators are used in the treatment of Renovascular Hypertension?

Updated: Dec 01, 2020
  • Author: Rebecca J Schmidt, DO, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Vasodilators

Arterial vasodilators are effective in reducing hypertension and may be useful in the short-term management of RVHT before surgical treatment. Nitroprusside is especially useful for this purpose.

Nitroprusside (Nitropress)

Nitroprusside produces vasodilation and increases the inotropic activity of the heart. At higher dosages, it may exacerbate myocardial ischemia by increasing the heart rate. It is mainly used when a patient presents with a hypertensive emergency secondary to RVHT.


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