Intravenous nicardipine in hypertensive children

Eur J Pediatr. 1993 Sep;152(9):712-4. doi: 10.1007/BF01953981.


Fourteen hypertensive patients hospitalized in a paediatric intensive care unit were studied to evaluate safety and hypotensive efficacy of intravenous nicardipine. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure significantly decreased 1 h after the beginning of the treatment (1 microgram/kg per minute). Mean decrease in systolic blood pressure during the first 24 h was between 9.9% and 13.4% of the initial value. Mean lowering of diastolic blood pressure was between 16.7% and 25.6%. Nicardipine did not significantly affect heart rate with dose of 1 microgram/kg per minute. No clinical side-effects were observed. Nicardipine could be a first line drug for the treatment of hypertension in paediatric intensive care units.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure / drug effects
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Drug Evaluation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / drug therapy*
  • Hypertension / physiopathology
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infusions, Intravenous
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Male
  • Nicardipine / administration & dosage*
  • Nicardipine / therapeutic use


  • Nicardipine