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What medications can lower blood pressure?

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Diuretics – sometimes called “water pills” – prevent heart attacks and strokes. Many people with diabetes or kidney disease take diuretics. Hydrochlorothiazide and furosemide are examples of commonly prescribed diuretics.

Beta-blockers prevent heart attacks and strokes in people younger than 60. Beta blockers are very important medicines that are commonly used in patients with heart disease.

“ACE inhibitors” (Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors) prevent heart attacks and strokes. ACE Inhibitors are commonly used in patients who have hypertension and heart disease. They are also recommended for people with diabetes or kidney disease.

ARBs (Angiotensin receptor blockers) prevent heart attacks and strokes. ARBs are often recommended for people with diabetes or kidney disease.

CCBs (Calcium channel blockers) prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Direct Renin Inhibitors - The direct renin inhibitor (aliskiren) lowers blood pressure but studies to examine its effectiveness at preventing heart disease and strokes are not yet complete.

Many medications that lower blood pressure prevent heart attacks and strokes. All medications reduce blood pressure by the same amount on average, but some people have better results with one drug rather than others. When you start taking medicine for high blood pressure, it may take up to six weeks for your blood pressure to respond. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist. If you have any questions.

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