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A drug, C10H13NO4, used to treat hypertension.
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(Pharmacology) a drug used to treat hypertension. Formula: C10H13NO4
[C20: from methyl + d(ihydr)o(xy)p(henyl)a(lanine)]
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(ˌmɛθ əlˈdoʊ pə)

a white powder, C10H13NO4, used in the treatment of hypertension.
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Noun1.methyldopa - antihypertensive drug (trade name Aldomet) used in the treatment of high blood pressuremethyldopa - antihypertensive drug (trade name Aldomet) used in the treatment of high blood pressure
antihypertensive, antihypertensive drug - a drug that reduces high blood pressure
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n metildopa
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For women with mild hypertensive disease, the old standby, methyldopa, is probably the best bet.
In contrast to the findings of the Hypertension Detection and Follow-up Program, the Oslo Hypertension Study[16] showed that the 5- and 10-year CHD mortality rates were greater in mildly hypertensive patients treated with diuretics-plus propranolol or methyldopa than in patients in the untreated control group (Table 1).
A good conservative approach might include methyldopa at 250-500 mg t.i.d.
(8-11) Other studies suggest an association between the use of [beta]-blockers and methyldopa and depression.
The best drug to use first is methyldopa because it has the most evidence of safety in pregnancy (pregnancy category B), Dr.
Methyldopa (Aldomet) is considered the front-line drug for chronic hypertension in pregnancy, based on evidence showing that it is safe for the fetus; this includes data on about 500 women in clinical trials.
The Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) was the only measure used in common by the current authors and Croog and co-workers." This earlier study found that captopril significantly enhanced the quality of life on some measures compared with methyldopa or propranolol.
If these measures fail, the antihypertensive of choice is methyldopa, followed by labetolol or nifedipine.
-- Methyldopa is an old and frequently overlooked agent that, in the setting of hypertension in pregnancy, is suddenly transformed into first-line therapy, Dr.