Blood Pressure Medications - Managing Hypertension Effectively

Blood pressure medications are drugs used to control high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
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Drug
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Available with a prescription from healthcare providers.
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Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Blood Pressure Medications FAQ


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What type of Medicine is used to treat high blood pressure?

The type of medicine used to treat high blood pressure depends on your overall health and how high your blood pressure is. Two or more blood pressure medicines often work better than one. It can take some time to find the best medicine or combination of medicines. Water pills, also called diuretics.

What are the different types of blood pressure medicines?

Blood pressure medicines (‘antihypertensives’) are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Many people with high blood pressure need to take medicines to reduce their blood pressure to healthy levels. There are several different types of antihypertensives including ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and diuretics.

Why do people take blood pressure medications?

Blood pressure medications help many people lower their high blood pressure and keep their hearts from becoming overworked. They also help people avoid having heart failure, kidney failure, a heart attack or stroke. What are the risks or complications of blood pressure medication?

What are the most common blood pressure medicines?

The most common blood pressure medicines are ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and diuretics. Many people need more than one medicine to bring their high blood pressure under control. ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors and ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) work by widening your blood vessels.

How do blood pressure medicines work?

The most commonly used blood pressure medicines work in different ways to lower blood pressure: Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) keep your blood vessels from narrowing as much and allows blood to move through them with less pressure.

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