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Types of Blood Pressure Medications - www.heart.org


Prescription blood pressure drugs come in many classes


Many blood pressure medications, known as antihypertensives, are available by prescription to lower high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension). There are a variety of classes of high blood pressure medications and they include a number of different drugs.


Overviews of the classes of blood pressure medications


On the website, in the tabs below, you’ll find summaries of some of the major types of commonly prescribed cardiovascular medications.

  • For your information and reference, we have included generic names as well as major trade names to help you identify what you may be taking. However, this information does not signify a recommendation or endorsement from the American Heart Association.

  • If your prescription medication isn’t on this list, remember that your healthcare provider and pharmacist are your best sources of information.

  • It's important to discuss all of the drugs you take with your doctor and understand their desired effects and possible side effects.

  • Never stop taking a medication and never change your dose or frequency without first consulting your doctor.

The classes of blood pressure medications include:

To learn more about each of these classes of blood pressure medications please click: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/changes-you-can-make-to-manage-high-blood-pressure/types-of-blood-pressure-medications

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