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

  • 7 Uses for Spironolactone – From Heart Failure to Female Pattern Hair Loss

    October 05, 2018

    For a really cheap and safe medication, spironolactone has many uses. From heart health to hair growth, this potassium-sparing diuretic is safe and effective.

    How does spironolactone work for so many conditions?

    When it comes to the heart, lowering blood pressure, and helping relieve edema, spironolactone works by competing with aldosterone for receptor sites in the kidneys, which increases sodium and water removal while conserving potassium. See More

  • High Blood Pressure Medications: ACE Inhibitors vs. ARBs

    September 14, 2018

    In the land of high blood pressure medications, ACE inhibitors and ARBs are pretty standard. That means that if you are being treated for high blood pressure, you’re likely to be on one of these medications. ACE inhibitors and ARBs represent two groups of drugs that treat hypertension, but they differ in how they work and their side effects.

    What is hypertension?

    Hypertension (aka. high blood pressure) is when the pressure in your blood vessels is too high. See More

  • What’s the Best Beta Blocker for Heart Failure?

    March 29, 2016

    Beta blockers save lives after heart attack and improve mortality for heart failure patients. They also work well to control blood pressure. Carvedilol (Coreg was the brand name) has been known as the “heart failure beta blocker”—but now it appears that metoprolol (Lopressor) may share that title.

    Many of my patients are asking: which is better? Let’s look at the recent evidence.

    What’s the difference between carvedilol and metoprolol?
    Carvedilol is known as a “non-selective beta blocker” meaning it blocks all beta receptors throughout the body. See More

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Popular Hypertension Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
ACE Inhibitors 10 See Prices
ACE Inhibitors 10 See Prices
Calcium Channel Blockers 12 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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