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Blood Pressure Medicines - 
Your Key In Preventing Complications

The goal in the treatment of hypertension is to lower your blood pressure.

Blood pressure medicines are prescribed by doctors in order to assist individuals in lowering their blood pressure levels.  High blood pressure damage your heart by pushing it to the limits.

Damaged heart.

However, in order to have these medicines work effectively, you will also need to make certain lifestyle changes that will assist you in reducing your blood pressure.

These include attaining and maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your salt intake, limiting alcohol to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.  And, one of the most important lifestyle change is being more physically active on a regular basis.

If you follow this overall therapy plan, you will be well on your way to enjoying a healthier life.

Before Adding Drug Therapy

Make every effort to use lifestyle changes that lower your blood pressure.  But after trying all non-drug treatments your blood pressure is still elevated, ask your doctor about prescribing one of the drugs listed below.

Drugs to lower blood pressure are expensive and have numerous side effects and don't always work.

Types Of Blood Pressure Medication

High blood pressure medications  do have their merits.  The incidence of stroke has been reduced tremendously by the use of antihypertensive drugs.  It is now possible to live longer, have a very active and healthy life, and even retain your sexual passion. 

You should be in close partnership with your doctor.

Taking Your Blood Pressure Medicines

Taking your blood pressure medicines according to how your doctor instructs you is key in getting your blood pressure levels down.

Your doctor may prescribe one or more drugs to get your blood pressure levels down to normal.  These medicines are designed to work in various ways in assisting in the reduction of hypertension.  Remember that your medicines will only work as long as you take them regularly.

Do not ever stop taking your prescription on your own.  Even after you have attained a lowered blood pressure level.  You may still need to take your medicines.  You may even need to be on medication for your lifetime in order to keep your blood pressure at normal levels.

Remembering To Take Your Medicines

It is sometimes difficult to keep track of when to take or if you have taken your blood pressure medication.  But in order to remain healthy, it is important to take your medication properly.  Below are some tips on how to do this:

  • Take your medication at the same time every day.

  • Your medication should be taken along with meals or other daily events such as brushing your teeth.

  • Utilize a weekly pill planner that has separate compartments for each time of day or each day.

  • Ask your family and friends to help in reminding you.

  • Use a reminder clock to help you keep track.

  • Or leave notes to serve as reminders.

Just like many other medications, certain blood pressure medicines may result in side effects.  It is important to consult your doctor, nurse or any other healthcare professional with regards to your blood pressure prescription.

Never stop taking your medicine on your own to avoid side effects. 


If you are suffering from heart disease or have had a stroke, your family members may also be at risk.  Have them consult a doctor to reduce this risk.

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