Enovid-induced exacerbation of high blood pressure in stroke-prone rats (SHR).
Male and female, normotensive Wistar:Kyoto rats, spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR), and Stroke-prone SHR (SHR/SP) with severe hypertension were treated with a contraceptive drug (Enovid) from the time of weaning until they became 180 days old. Although the Envoid-treated SHR and SHR/SP had exacerbations of their high blood pressure, none of the animals developed renal or cerebral damage. Chronic treatment with Enovid caused testicular and ovarian atrophy and a significant increase in circulating corticosterone. It is suggested that the potentially deleterious effects, e.g., stroke, hypertension, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, etc., of chronic treatment with contraceptive drugs is largely determined by pre-existing genetically endowed proneness or resistance.
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