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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

Print version ISSN 0864-2125On-line version ISSN 1561-3038


GARCIA MILIAN, Ana Julia et al. Adverse reactions to drugs as leaving drug therapy cause in hypertensive persons. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2009, vol.25, n.1. ISSN 0864-2125.

INTRODUCTION: failures to follow medical prescriptions increase health problems and diseases progression, and make it impossible for to estimate effects and value of a specific treatment. AIM: to characterize causes generating the non-adherence to pharmacologic treatment in hypertensive patients. METHODS: cross-sectional descriptive and observational study including 241 hypertensive patients registered by some anti-hypertensive drug in selected community drugstore In Guantánamo, Las Tunas, Camaguey, Villa Clara, Gramma, Santiago de Cuba, and Ciego de Avila provinces. Survey was the method of information collection. RESULTS: more used anti-hypertensive drugs were Captopril, Hydrochlorothiazide, and Atenolol and the first one with a 31,9 %, the drug with higher percentage of non-fulfillment and the cause of an adverse event. Fulfillment was higher in patients younger aged than 30. Second place within causes of adverse reactions, with the 16,9 % for leave treatment was for cough, skin reactions, and weakness. CONCLUSIONS: Adverse reactions are located within the more frequent causes of leaving anti-hypertensive treatment and Captopril and Hydrochlorothiazide those with the greatest frequency of leaving. Most of adverse reactions mentioned are considered as minor.

Keywords : Adverse reactions; therapeutic adherence; high blood pressure.

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