Efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics of candesartan cilexetil in hypertensive children aged 6 to 17 years

Howard Trachtman, James W. Hainer, Jennifer Sugg, Renli Teng, Jonathan M. Sorof, Jerilynn Radcliffe, Johan Vande Walle, Laszio Szabo, Tivadar Tulassay, Sandor Turi, Eva Marova, Alexander Jurko, Maria Horakova, Robert Achtel, John Barcia, Donald Batisky, Patrick Brophy, Bonita Falkner, Joseph Flynn, Randall JenkinsVijay Kusnoor, Kenneth Miller, Ana Paredes, Irene Restaino, Joseph Sherbotie, Gaston Zilleruelo, Myra Chiang, Farahnak Assadi, Shashi Nagaraj, Janice Sullivan, Michael Aigbe, Ronald Portman, Robert Mak, Michael Moritz, Robert Williams, Juan Kupferman, Naomi Neufeld, Jimmy Stewart, Coral Hanevold, Lydia Hazan, Jeffery Blummer, Melissa Henshaw, David Headley, Howard Trachtman, William Primack, L. Richard Feldenberg

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This 4-week randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study (N=240), 1-year open label trial (N=233), and single-dose pharmacokinetic study (N=22) evaluated candesartan cilexetil (3 doses) in hypertensive children aged 6 to 17years. Seventy-one percent were 12years of age or older, 71% were male, and 47% were black. Systolic (SBP)/diastolic (DBP) blood pressure declined 8.6/4.8-11.2/8.0mm Hg with candesartan and 3.7/ 1.8mm Hg with placebo (P<.01 compared to placebo for SBP and for the mid and high doses for DBP; placebo-corrected 4.9/3.0-7.5/6.2mm Hg). The slopes for dose were not, however, different from zero (P>.05). The response rate (SBP and DBP <95th percentile) after 1 year was 53%. The pharmacokinetic profiles in 6- to 12- and 12- to 17-year-olds were similar and were comparable to adults. Eight candesartan patients discontinued treatment because of an adverse event. Candesartan is an effective, well-tolerated antihypertensive agent for children aged 6 to 17years and has a pharmacokinetic profile that is similar to that in adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-750
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Hypertension
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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