See also C03 - Diuretics, C07 - Beta blocking agents, C08 - Calcium channel blockers and C09 - Agents acting on the renin-angiotensin system.
Antihypertensives are mainly classified at 3rd levels according to the mechanism of action. Most headings are self-explanatory:
C02A Antiadrenergic agents, centrally acting
C02B Antiadrenergic agents, ganglion-blocking
C02C Antiadrenergic agents, peripherally acting
C02D Arteriolar smooth muscle, agents acting on
C02K Other antihypertensives
C02L Antihypertensives and diuretics in combination
C02N Combinations of antihypertensives in ATC gr. C02
Parenteral DDDs are based on dosages used for the treatment of hypertensive crises and are based on the content of the active ingredient pr. vial (ampoule).
C02A ANTIADRENERGIC AGENTS, CENTRALLY ACTING
C02AA Rauwolfia alkaloids
This group comprises plain and combined rauwolfia preparations used in hypertension.
There are separate 5th levels for combinations of rauwolfia alkaloids (C02AA03) and for rauwolfia, whole root (C02AA04).
Combinations with beta blocking agents, see C07F - Beta blocking agents and other antihypertensives.
Combinations with diuretics, see C02LA - Rauwolfia alkaloids and diuretics in combination.
Combinations with other antihypertensives, see C02N - Combinations of antihypertensives.
Combined products are otherwise classified at separate 5th levels using the corresponding 50-series.
Last updated: 2013-12-19