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Hypertension/High Blood Pressure Health Center

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High Blood Pressure - Medications

Deciding whether to treat high blood pressure with medicine and choosing the best medicine may depend on:

Doctors usually prescribe a single, low-dose medicine first. If blood pressure is not controlled, your doctor may change the dosage or try a different medicine or combination of medicines. It is common to try several medicines before blood pressure is successfully controlled. Many people need more than one medicine to get the best results.

High Blood Pressure: Should I Take Medicine?

Medicine choices

Medicine choices include:

All of these medicines are effective for lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Work with your doctor to find the right medicine or combination of medicines that have the fewest side effects and work well for you. And be sure to take your medicines regularly as prescribed.

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Taking Medicines as Prescribed
Dealing With Medicine Side Effects and Interactions

You may have regular blood tests to monitor how the medicine is working in your body. Your doctor will likely let you know when you need to have the tests.

One Man's Story:

Tyrell, 35

"For a few months I was really good about taking (my pills) every day. But they made me a little tired, and I got tired of being tired."-Tyrell

Read more about Tyrell and why he returned to taking his medicine every day.

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    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 30, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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