Blood Pressure Drugs
And You

Blood pressure drugs, also known as anti-hypertensive agents, are used to regulate the pressure of your blood. These drugs are certainly helpful to reverse hypertension and as a result reduce the risk of heart failure, heart stroke, kidney failure and numerous heart troubles.

Here we will review some of the most common classes of these medications, how to choose among them and how to cope with their potential side effects.

Reviewing Your Blood Pressure Drugs

  • Diuretics and Thiazide Diuretics: These help you get rid of excessive sodium and water in your body and regulate your blood pressure. They are given with calcium channel blockers to individuals who are under fifty-five years of age. Some common diuretics are Metolazone, Chlorthalidone and Acetazolamide.

  • Angiotensin Receptor Blockers: Recommended if you are older than fifty-five years of age. This help expand your arteries. Some ARBs are Candesartan, Telmisartan, Irbesartan and Losartan.

  • Alpha Blockers: Usually given to individuals of any age group who have high blood pressure and for whom Diuretics or ARB do not help. Alpha Blockers prevent a hormone, Norepinephrine from tightening the walls of your blood vessels and help to make your blood pressure go down. Most common Alpha Blockers are Doxazosin and Alfuzosin.

Choosing Your Medication

Before your doctor prescribe the best blood pressure drug for you he or she has to know your target blood pressure level.  Because choosing the right medication depends on certain other factors such as:

- Your family history regarding high blood pressure.

- Your medical history.

- Your age and duration of your blood pressure illness.

- Are you diabetic or do you suffer from a kidney disorder.

- Have you tried natural ways of treatment and they did not work.

- Do you smoke or drink alcohol excessively.

Depending on these and some other factors your doctor will advise you on the correct blood pressure medication for you.

Dealing With Side Effects Of Your Blood Pressure Medication

Nearly all blood pressure drugs have side effects, but it does not mean that everyone will experience them. In most cases, once you start taking your medication it is likely that you will be taking it for life.

Your blood pressure level can quickly elevate if you stop taking that drug. In such a case it becomes essential to understand your medication's side effects.  Here are some amazing tips you can use in dealing with these side effects:

  • Read the leaflet that comes with your medication and carefully read all the side effects mentioned.

  • Most side effects are temporary and often disappear with time.

  • Usually you will experience side effects after taking one to two doses. However, it is possible that not all side effects are actually fully occurring; they can be a reaction to other medications you are taking.

  • If these side effects persist, talk with your doctor. He or she will replace your medication or recommend lowering the dosage.

Remember, it is always recommended and more than necessary to consult with your physician regarding any new medication that you are planning to use.

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