The aim of the study was to define the role of peripheral dopaminergic mechanisms in the regulation of blood pressure. The data suggest that the hypotensive effect of the dopaminergic agonist co-dergocrine in elderly hypertensive patients is mediated by interaction with peripheral DA-2 receptors, since it was reversed by the selective antagonist sulpiride in a dose that does not significantly cross the blood brain barrier. The findings suggest the possible therapeutic use of dopamine DA-2 agonists in elderly hypertensive patients.
- DA-2 receptors
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
- Pharmacology (medical)