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What should you know about taking high blood pressure drugs?

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For most people, medication is a major part of the plan to lower their blood pressure. These drugs, also called anti-hypertensive medicine, won't cure high blood pressure. But they can help bring it back down to a normal range.

Which medicine you should take depends on things like:

Many people need more than one type of medication to control their high blood pressure. It may take some time working with your doctor to find the drugs and doses that work best for you.

  • How high your blood pressure is
  • What's causing it
  • How your body responds to the drugs
  • Other health problems you have

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

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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