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Blood Pressure Medications 2018-07-30T19:16:21+00:00

Blood Pressure Medications

There are several medications available that are effective at lowering blood pressure. Many medications that lower blood pressure also help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Your doctor will choose medication(s) that are right for your particular needs.

Common types of blood pressure medications

Diuretics
(“water pills”)
  • Shown to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  • Used by many people with diabetes or kidney disease.
  • Hydrochlorothiazide and furosemide are two commonly prescribed diuretics.
Beta-blockers
  • Shown to help prevent heart attacks and strokes in people younger than 60.
  • Commonly used in patients with heart disease.
ACE inhibitors
(Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitors)
  • Shown to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  • Commonly used in patients who have hypertension and heart disease.
  • Recommended for people with diabetes or kidney disease.
ARBs
(Angiotensin Receptor Blockers)
  • Shown to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  • Often recommended for people with diabetes or kidney disease.
CCBs
(Calcium Channel Blockers)
  • Shown to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Direct Renin Inhibitors
  • The direct renin inhibitor aliskiren lowers blood pressure, but studies to examine its effectiveness at preventing heart disease and strokes are not yet complete.

Keep in mind that it may take up to six weeks before you see results. Everyone responds differently. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

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