Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure

3.7 Summary

The purpose of this lesson was to help you understand how blood pressure medications work. Not everyone with high blood pressure has to take medications. Work with your doctor to find out what will be best for you. A few key points:

  • The different classes of blood pressure medications are diuretics, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, renin inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, vasodilators, and alpha blockers.
  • Some common medications are losartan, lisinopril, amlodipine, hydrochlorothiazide, metoprolol, and furosemide.
  • To remember to take medications, use a pillbox, set an alarm, download an app on your phone, do it with an activity that you do regularly, place it where you can see it, and ask someone to help you.
  • Ask your doctor if your medication might interact with any foods or supplements.
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