ACE-inhibitors antagonize both angiotensin production and bradykinin breakdown, resulting in enhancement of vasodilating prostaglandin release. This provides an explanation for the experimental observation that cycloxygenase blockers (such as aspirin or indomethacin) may counteract the antihypertensive efficacy of the ACE-inhibitors; it may be also possible that hypertensive patients taking aspirin as an antiplatelet agent may fail to benefit from ACE-inhibition. This study was aimed at: evaluating the magnitude and incidence of the inhibitory phenomenon; defining the minimal aspirin dosage that produces an antagonistic effect, as well as the possible reasons for a different individual susceptibility. We have studied untreated patients with mild (10 cases, Group 1), moderate (16 cases, Group 2) or severe (26 cases, Group 3) hypertension. The ACE-inhibitor enalapril was used at doses of 10 mg bid (groups 1 and 2) or 20 mg bid (Group 3). Active drug treatment periods had a 5-day duration. A daily dose of aspirin of 100 mg had no effect on the antihypertensive efficacy of enalapril. On the contrary, when a dose of 300 mg was used, 60, 57 and 50% of patients in Group 1, 2 and 3, respectively, showed a > 20% restraint of the mean arterial pressure fall with enalapril (20% was the lower arbitrary limit for defining antagonism). Inhibition was independent of the sequence of drug administration. In these patients counteraction averaged 60, 70 and 90%, respectively. In them, and not in the remaining patients in each group, aspirin substantially attenuated the renin rise elicited by ACE-inhibition. These data suggest that: a dosage of 100 mg aspirin is devoid of any inhibitory effect; more that 50% of ACE inhibited patients are, at least in the short term, susceptible to the action of 300 mg aspirin, regardless of the severity of hypertension; counteraction is seemingly mediated through a prostaglandin inhibition and depends on the individual predominance of prostaglandin activation (also as a renin secretory stimulus) or angiotensin inhibition by the ACE-inhibitor.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine