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Abstract

General Prescribing Pattern Of Antithypertensive Drugs In Patients Attending A Nagpur City Hospital

Author(s): Shilpa Deshpande, Kanchan Upadhye, Suparna Bakhle, Vaishali Nagulwar, Rita Wadetwar

The study was carried out to assess prescribing practice and general trend of hypertension among patients at Orange City Hospital and Research Institute, a tertiary critical care hospital, Nagpur. Prescription and complete records of hypertensive patients were monitored and data was filled as per WHO prescription auditing proforma. The study revealed that hypertension was mild (diastolic pressure 90-104 mm of Hg) in maximum number of patients (80.0%). Both monotherapy (55.0%) and combination therapy (45.0%) were employed for the patients. Among monotherapy β-blockers and calcium channel blockers were mainly prescribed. Among combination therapy, two-drug combination (23.33%) was most often prescribed and combination of β-blockers and calcium channel blockers was common. Highest prevalence of disease was found in the age group of 50-59 years. The study highlighted the current trend of prescribing antihypertensive drugs in Orange City Hospital and Research Institute, Nagpur.