Last updated: Apr 01, 2008
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With so many choices, your doctor can tailor your prescription to fit your needs.
- Diuretics such as Lasix and Diuril work by flushing extra salt and water out of the body.
- Beta-blockers such as Coreg or Lopressor slow down the heart.
- Calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem or Norvasc relax blood vessels.
- ACE inhibitors such as Vasotec and Lotensin also relax blood vessels, using a different mechanism.
A drug that lowers blood pressure in other people might not necessarily work for you. You may also have side effects that are stronger or more bothersome than expected.
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Finding the right drug or combination of drugs is often a matter of trial and error. If one treatment doesn't seem to work or causes unpleasant side effects, there are plenty of other options.
One thing that's not an option: giving up on the treatment entirely. High blood pressure is too dangerousand too preventableto ignore.