The beta-blocker metoprolol significantly increased uric acid levels and risk of gout in African Americans with chronic kidney disease.
However, the study did show that other medications for hypertension such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, Ramipril and the calcium channel blocker, Amlodipine didn’t raise uric acid levels in African Americans.
The is important news for anyone of African descent taking this blood pressure medication. When uric acid increases, it accelerates the loss of kidney function when chronic kidney disease is present.
If you just discovered you’re taking this medication and you have kidney disease, contact your doctor about a better alternative.
These findings were recently reported in the American Journal of Hypertension November 29, 2017.
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