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.
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.