Quote from tammy_zeidan09
So I for some reason am having such a tough time remembering the name of a medication! I had clinical and was looking at a pt's meds. There was one antihypertensive drug I've never heard of and is RARELY used by the pt, which is why I don't remember it. It was a weird one, one with a long generic name. But it is indicated for emergency HTN for bp over 210/120 mmHg. I know this is so broad, but can anyone think of a antihypertensive that is commonly used for emergency HTN ?
It isn't lisinopril,metoprolol, lotensin, propranalol...I googled some to try to refresh my memory but had not like..
Maybe hydralizine? Has anyone heard of this treating emergency HTN or is it commonly used for general HTN
We use single dose hydalazine to rapidly reduce severe HTN. Given IV you can see a 20 pt drop in minutes. The half-life isn't long (3 hours) but the hypotensive effects persists up to 12 hours, or longer in some pts.
Norvasc is a great antihypertensive but it doesn't lower BP enough to be use emergently.
Last edit by BostonFNP on Nov 10, '12