Adolescent Hypertension Could Be Treated With Gout Drug

August 27, 2008

A new study published in the August 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that hypertension among adolescents may be treated with the gout drug allopurinol.........Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study published in the August 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that hypertension among adolescents may be treated with the gout drug allopurinol.

The drug allopurinol is effective in lowering uric acid levels in adults, helping fight the gout.

Researchers took this drug and tested it out on a group of 30 adolescents between the ages of of 11 and 17-years old.

All of those who took part in the study were found to have high uric acid levels.

They were all also diagnosed with hypertension, or high blood pressure.

In the study, the group was split up so some received treatment with allopurinol, while some were given a placebo. They received treatment twice a day for four weeks.

The gout drug was found to be successful in lowering blood pressure, as 20 of the 30 who took th edrug had their blood pressure levels return to normal.

This compared to 1 out of 30 taking the placebo.


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