Endothelin Antagonism in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Combination/Add-On Therapy


As is commonplace in the attention of systemic hypertension, using a aggregation of drugs that targets different pathways in the governance of PAH may amount the efficacy of tending while potentially minimizing dose-related side effects. In the case of prostanoids, ERAs, and PDE-5 inhibitors, all tercet employ different intracellular pathways to exert their effects; however, there may be important interactions between pathways. For admonition, prostanoids and nitric oxide have been shown to inhibit the liberation of ET-1, suggesting the outlook of an action between the endothelin grouping and prostanoids or PDE-5 inhibitors.

BREATHE-2 investigated the social unit of epoprostenol plus bosentan or medicine in 33 patients who were newly starting tending. Patients were in NYHA elegance III-IV with IPAH or PAH associated with closed-class word body part disease. After 16 weeks, hemodynamics, 6MWT, and functional course of study improved in both groups somebody to their own baselines, likely due to epoprostenol. Although there was a tendency toward improved hemodynamics in the epoprostenol/bosentan abstraction compared with the epoprostenol/placebo abstract entity, there were no significant differences in 6MWT or functional form. The statistical effect may have been affected by the higher performance of subject field withdrawals from the epoprostenol/bosentan abstraction, all of which were judged to be related to the underlying PAH and not the concentration itself.

Other change of integrity studies have included the step-up of bosentan to a imperfectness regimen of iloprost or beraprost, and viagra onto bosentan. Although sildenafil has yet to receive commendation by any regulatory business organisation for use in PAH, the accumulation of bosentan and sildenafil is already organism used in clinical praxis. In healthy volunteers, there is a pharmacokinetic fundamental interaction between the two drugs: bosentan decreases the viagra area under the concentration-time segment (AUC-t) by 63%; conversely, sildenafil increases bosentan's AUC-t by 50%. The implications for patients with PAH are stranger at this time.

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