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How do alpha-blockers work for high blood pressure?

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To treat blood high blood pressure, alpha-blockers stop nerve signals before they can tell your blood vessels to tighten. Your vessels stay relaxed, giving the blood more room to move and lowering your overall blood pressure.

  • Doxazosin (Cardura)
  • Prazosin (Minipress)
  • Terazosin (Hytrin)

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."

National Library of Medicine.

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension): Central-acting agents."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2017

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American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours."

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure."

National Library of Medicine.

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension): Central-acting agents."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2017

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