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

  • Valsartan Too Expensive? See If You Can Switch to a Cheaper Option

    November 11, 2014

    If you’ve been on Diovan or the generic version valsartan, and are being told by your insurance it will no longer be covered—you need a plan. Can you switch to losartan (Cozaar) or another medication to save money?

    Though valsartan is the generic version of Diovan it’s still expensive. Both valsartan and losartan are ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers); out of the ARBs, losartan has been around the longest.

    Here are some simple things to know if you’ve been told to switch your ARB to losartan:

    • The benefits of losartan include controlling blood pressure, slowing the progression of diabetic kidney disease (nephropathy), and decreasing stroke risk in patients with left ventricular hypertrophy.
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  • 40+ Brand-Name Drugs Dropped By Insurance in 2015

    August 20, 2014

    For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the more than 50 drugs removed last year.

    What are Express Scripts and Caremark?

    Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More

  • ACE Inhibitors vs ARBs: What’s the Difference?

    July 31, 2014

    ACE Inhibitors and ARBS – these abbreviations may not look all that similar or even have any meaning to you as a patient. However, 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure and are likely on one of these two types of medication even if they do not know it. Drugs in these classes have the same main indication, hypertension (high blood pressure), but differ in how they work and their side effects.

    What is hypertension?

    Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is when the pressure in the blood vessels known as arteries is elevated. See More

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Popular Hypertension Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Zestril
(lisinopril)
ACE Inhibitors 6 See Prices
Prinivil
(lisinopril)
ACE Inhibitors 6 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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