Thirty-one patients aged 65 y or over suffering from moderate hypertension were studied for 16 weeks using a cross-over design in which metoprolol 100 mg daily and metoprolol 200 mg daily were compared. Both treatment regimes were effective in controlling hypertension and no difference was found between the two with regard to efficacy. The 100 mg regime was, however, better tolerated and we propose this as the preferred metoprolol dose for the aged hypertensive.
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