- 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.