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How should I make a list of my high blood pressure medications?

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Your doctor has many high blood pressure medications to choose from. They work in different ways to lower your blood pressure. Each type of drug has its own possible side effects, so it's a good idea to know exactly which high blood pressure medicines you take. Ask your doctor or pharmacist these questions:

Make a list of your high blood pressure drugs, and make a few copies of the list. Take the list with you whenever you visit a health care professional. Give copies to any family members or friends who help with your health care.

  • What are the names of my high blood pressure drugs? Ask for both the brand name and the generic name.
  • How does this medication help lower my blood pressure?
  • What is the dose?
  • How often do I take the medication?

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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