Hypertension

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the pressure in the arteries is too high. This in turn makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood throughout the body. There may be no symptoms, but in severe cases headache, lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting, and nosebleeds may occur.

Treatment for hypertension includes diet and exercise, and taking medicine. Common drug classes prescribed to treat hypertension are beta blockers, ace inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, ARBs, loop diuretics, thiazide diuretics, central alpha agonists, aldosterone antagonists, arteriorlar vasodilators, catecholamine depletors, ACE inhibitor / calcium channel blocker combinations, ACE inhibitor / thiazide diuretic combinations, aldosterone antagonist / thiazide diuretic combinations, ARB / thiazide diuretic combinations, ARB / thiazide-like combinations, arteriolar vasodilator / thiazide diuretic combinations, and beta agonist / thiazide diuretic combinations.

Savings Tips for Hypertension

  • Why Don’t Patients Take Their Meds?

    January 28, 2014

    Patients not taking their medications properly, noncompliance, is a complex issue with huge repercussions. For more information on the effects, see my previous post, The Epidemic of Noncompliance.

    Reasons for not taking medications vary from patient to patient but the pattern for years has been that folks who are the most noncompliant are those who need their meds the most. This includes those with chronic conditions who need to take a medication their whole life, and those in the first 6 months of their treatment. See More

  • The Epidemic of Noncompliance: Why People Should Take Their Meds

    January 27, 2014

    Help physicians understand why patients, particularly with chronic conditions, don’t take their medications as prescribed. We know from surveys of doctors from coast to coast that we all feel frustrated by it, and ⅓ of doctors say it affects their ability to provide optimal care. Why should you take your medications? As our former Surgeon General once said: “Drugs don’t work in people who don’t take them. See More

  • New Micardis Generic Approved: Telmisartan

    January 13, 2014

    Telmisartan, the generic version of Micardis, was approved last week by the FDA for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and reducing the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack or stroke.

    What is telmisartan (Micardis), and what similar drugs are available?

    Telmisartan is an angiotension receptor blocker (aka ARB). This class of medications is often reserved for those patients who are unable to tolerate a different type of blood pressure reducing medications known as ACE inhibitors. See More

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Popular Hypertension Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Zestril
(lisinopril)
ACE Inhibitors 5 See Prices
Prinivil
(lisinopril)
ACE Inhibitors 5 See Prices
Norvasc
(amlodipine)
Calcium Channel Blockers 8 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Hypertension Drug Classes

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