Hypertension Medications – Which Drugs Work Best to Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Hypertension medications have evolved over the years and there are a number of different drugs that can now be taken. In this article, I’ll explain who should take hypertension drugs and the commonly prescribed ones that your doctor may advise you to take.

Who Should Take Drugs For Hypertension?

It is always better to consider lifestyle changes first such as losing a little weight and reducing the salt in your diet. If these do not work or your hypertension appears to be genetic then your doctor will advise you to use drugs.

It is also worth mentioning that there are a number of natural remedies that you should also consider before turning to drugs. Although you are unlikely to suffer from any severe side effects, drugs must be taken daily for the rest of your life.

ABCD

“ABCD” is the terminology used by doctors to describe the most common drug pairings that are prescribed to those with hypertension.

Specifically, you would be prescribed one of ACEIs or beta blockers plus one of CCBs or diuretics.

Diuretics

These make you urinate more often and rid the body of sodium and lower the arterial pressure due to lost fluids.

ACEIs

These stop an enzyme in your kidneys from eventually causing your arteries to contract. Prevention of contraction means that your blood pressure cannot increase in this manner.

Beta Blockers

Nobody knows exactly how these work but they do have a definite effect on reducing blood pressure. It could be due to lower levels of stress.

Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs)

Like ACEIs, these drugs stop the arterial walls contracting but via a different mechanism.