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Ages Eligible for Study:
19 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
must be at least 19 years of age
subjects can be male or female
subjects must have an average resting blood pressure of >140 systolic pressure an/ or >90 diastolic pressure off anti-hypertensive medication
must not be on more than 2 blood pressure lowering drugs
must not have known or suspected of having secondary hypertension on initial examination
must not be pregnant or anticipating pregnancy during study period
must not have history of allergy, hypersensitivity or intolerance to diuretics
must not have medical condition that may result in an unacceptable risk of complications due to uncontrolled hypertension during time period of study
must not have average resting BP readings that exceed 190 systolic, or 115 diastolic, or have two consecutive readings of 180 systolic or 110 diastolic