Quantifying adherence to antihypertensive medication for chronic hypertension during pregnancy

This study aimed to evaluate adherence to antihypertensive treatment amongst pregnant women with chronic hypertension using high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry instrumentation. Spot urine samples collected from women who were randomised to labetalol or nifedipine were assessed. Samples from 74 women were included; documented prescribing and urine metabolite detection were concordant in 88% (n=65). Evidence of self-administration of alternative treatment was observed in 8% (n=6). Measurement of urinary antihypertensive metabolites in pregnancy provides insight into treatment adherence.
Source: Pregnancy Hypertension: An International Journal of Womens Cardiovascular Health - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research

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