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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.  As a result they reduce the risk of heart failure, heart stroke, kidney failure and numerous heart troubles.

Below we'll review some of the most common list of high blood pressure medications. Learn how your doctor choose among them; and become familiar with their potential side effects.

Reviewing Your Blood Pressure Drugs

  • Diuretics and Thiazide Diuretics: These pills are most often referred to as water pills. They help rid the body of excessive sodium and water, and regulate blood pressure. They are given sometimes with calcium channel blockers to individuals under fifty-five years of age. The most known diuretics are Metolazone, Chlorthalidone and Acetazolamide.

  • Angiotensin Receptor Blockers: Prescribed mostly to individuals older than fifty-five years of age. This helps in the expansion of arteries. Some ARBs are Candesartan, Telmisartan, Irbesartan and Losartan.

  • Alpha Blockers: Usually given to any age group of individuals who have high blood pressure and for whom Diuretics or ARB do not help. Alpha Blockers prevents a hormone, Norepinephrine from tightening the walls of your blood vessels. It helps in the reduction of lower blood pressure numbers. Most common Alpha Blockers are Doxazosin and Alfuzosin.

Choosing Your Medication

Before your doctor prescribe the best treatment 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:

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- 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 every drug 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. Be aware of all the side effects mentioned.

  • Some side effects may be temporary and disappear with time.

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

Remember, when adding any supplement to your prescribed medication always consult with your doctor. 

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