- by Dr. Sunil Dwivedi
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- Jun 26 2017
Medications for Hypertension, or high blood pressure
Your doctor may prescribe one or more prescription medicines to help lower your blood pressure in addition to taking steps such as losing weight and exercising. Most of the medications prescribed for treatment of hypertension help lower your chances of developing health problems such as stroke, kidney disease, or heart attack.
In these times, a lot of drugs from various categories of antihypertensives are available that can effectively help most people lower their blood pressure and reach the blood pressure goal set by their health care provider.
Different medications prescribed for control of blood pressure work in many different ways. Some remove extra fluid and salt from the body. Others slow down your heartbeat or relax and widen your blood vessels. In market, there are more than 100 blood pressure–lowering drugs available. Some of them, like diuretics, have been in use for more than 50 years.
Many pills prescribed for high blood pressure contain a combination of two different types of medicines. Combining two different types of drugs can make it easier to control blood pressure by two different mechanisms. These combination pills also keep track of taking your medicines.
Do keep in mind that since combination pills contain more than one medicine, they also have the potential for more side effects than pills that contain just one medicine. Report anything unusual to your doctor while you are taking pills for hypertension.
Different types of medications work differently for different types of patients, with varying age and body profile. In fact, some medicines have been found to provide more benefits for men than women or younger than in older populations. Your doctor will provide a medicine that is right for you.
Reduction of blood pressure with medication will prevent progression from less severe to more severe hypertension, will prevent enlargement of the heart and heart failure, and will dramatically reduce strokes, stroke deaths, and heart attack deaths. Getting blood pressure down to below 140/90 mm Hg, or below 130/80 mm Hg if you have diabetes or kidney disease, if at all possible, is a good idea at all ages. Do remember that even if you are taking your medications regularly, it is important to keep on exercising and eating as advised by your health care provider.
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