Mucosal delivery systems of antihypertensive drugs: A practical approach in general practice

Lukasz P. Bialy, Cezary Wojcik, Izabela Mlynarczuk-Bialy

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Patients who are unable to receive oral medication (p.o.) are a major problem in outpatient settings, especially in home health care systems. Mucosal administration of drugs offers an alternative to the oral route, especially when the parenteral mode cannot be used. There are three main pathways of mucosal administration: sublingual/buccal, intranasal and rectal. We discuss the possibility of mucosal delivery of antihypertensive drugs. Perindopril arginine and Amlodipine besylate are registered in the EU as orodispersible tablets for oromucosal delivery, however, they are not available in all countries. For this reason, we describe other drugs suitable for mucosal delivery: Captopril and Nitrendipine in the sublingual system and Metoprolol tartrate, Propranolol and Furosemide by the transrectal route. Based on the published data and common clinical practice we discuss the use of mucosal delivery systems of all these antihypertensive drugs with special attention to their pharmacokinetics. We illustrate this mini-review with a case report of the prolonged-term use of mucosal delivery of sublingual Captopril and Nitrendipine combined with rectal Metoprolol tartrate and Furosemide in a patient with severe hypertension unable to receive medication p.o. This is also a report on the first human use of Furosemide-containing suppositories as well as prolonged-term transmucosal administration of these four drugs, describing a practical approach leading to successful control of severe hypertension with four antihypertensive drugs delivered via the mucosal route. The treatment was effective and without side effects; however, the long-term safety and efficacy of such therapy must be confirmed by randomized clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-78
Number of pages8
JournalBiomedical Papers
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Antihypertensive drugs
  • Furosemide
  • Metoprolol
  • Mucosal drug delivery
  • Suppositories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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