Your Blood Pressure Drugs – What You Should Know

Are you on blood pressure drugs?
Here is what you need to know

blood pressure drugsThere are 9 common types of blood pressure medications.

Below you will find a list of the most common blood pressure medications. You will learn what your medication does, the best way to take it, what to avoid, what side effects to expect and a natural alternative that we recommend.

This list took us about a year to compile and in that time, there were multiple drugs that were discontinued because their were too many side effects.

Drugs companies are continually adding new drugs and so you may be on a blood pressure drug that is not on the list below. If you would like us to  add your blood pressure medication to the list below, please send us a message at the bottom of this page.

Click on the name of your drug to find out how it may be affecting you


Diuretics - Click on your medication below to learn how it may be affecting you.
Diuretics, sometimes called water pills, help rid your body of salt (sodium) and water. They work by making your kidneys put more sodium into your urine. The sodium, in turn, takes water with it from your blood. That decreases the amount of fluid flowing through your blood vessels, which reduces pressure on the walls of your arteries.
Generic NameBrand Name
FurosemideLasix, Diaqua-2, Lo-Aqua
hydrochlorothiazideEsidrix, Hydrodiuril, Microzide, Aquazide H
Indapamide Lozol
MetolazoneZaroxolyn, Mykrox
Spironolactone Aldactone
Amiloride + HydrochlorothiazideModuretic - (is a combination of Amiloride+Hydrochlorthiazide )
Spironolactone + HydrochlorothiazideAldactazide - (is a combination of
Spironolactone + Hydrochlorothiazide
Triamterene+ HydrochlorothiazideDyazide & Maxzide (are both a combination of
Triamterene+ Hydrochlorothiazide

Beta Blockers

Beta-Blockers - Click on your medication below to learn how it may be affecting you.
Beta blockers, also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, are medications that reduce your blood pressure. Beta blockers work by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. When you take beta blockers, the heart beats more slowly and with less force, thereby reducing blood pressure. Beta blockers also help blood vessels open up to improve blood flow.
Generic NameBrand Name
Bisoprolol FumarateZebeta
PropranololInderal, Inderal LA, Inderal XL

Ace Inhibitors

Ace Inhibitors - Click on your medication below to learn how it may be affecting you.
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors help relax blood vessels. ACE inhibitors prevent an enzyme in your body from producing angiotensin II, a substance in your body that affects your cardiovascular system by narrowing your blood vessels and releasing hormones that can raise your blood pressure. This narrowing can cause high blood pressure and force your heart to work harder.
Genergic NameBrand Name
LisinoprilPrinivil, Zestril

Angiotensin II receptor blockers

Angiotensin II receptor blockers - Click on your medication below to learn how it may be affecting you.
Angiotensin II is a natural substance in your body that narrows your blood vessels, releases a hormone that increases the amount of sodium and water in your body, and can also thicken and stiffen the walls of your blood vessels and heart.

Angiotensin II receptor blockers block the action of angiotensin II. That allows blood vessels to widen (dilate).

Generic NameBrand Name

Calcium Channel Blockers

Calcium Channel Blockers - Click on your medication below to learn how it may be affecting you.
Calcium channel blockers prevent calcium from entering cells of the heart and blood vessel walls, resulting in lower blood pressure. Calcium channel blockers, also called calcium antagonists, relax and widen blood vessels by affecting the muscle cells in the arterial walls.
Generic NameBrand Name
IsradipineDynaCirc, DynaCirc CR
NifedipineAdalat CC, Procardia XL

Alpha Blockers

Alpha blockers - Click on your medication below to learn how it may be affecting you.
Alpha blockers relax certain muscles and help small blood vessels remain open. They work by keeping the hormone norepinephrine (noradrenaline) from tightening the muscles in the walls of smaller arteries and veins. Blocking that effect causes the vessels to remain open and relaxed. This improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure.
Generic NameBrand Name

Alpha-2 Receptor Agonist

Alpha-2 Receptor Agonist - Click on your medication below to learn how it may be affecting you.
Alpha-2 Receptor Agonist drugs reduce blood pressure by decreasing the activity of the sympathetic (adrenaline-producing) portion of the involuntary nervous system.
Generic NameBrand Name

Central Agonists

Central agonists - Click on your medication below to learn how it may be affecting you.
Central agonists work by preventing your brain from sending signals to your nervous system to speed up your heart rate and narrow your blood vessels. As a result, your heart doesn't pump as hard and your blood flows more easily through your blood vessels.
Generic NameBrand Name
GuanfacineTenex, Intuniv

Vasodilators (Blood Vessel Dilators)

Vasodilators - Click on your medication below to learn how it may be affecting you.
Vasodilators (Blood Vessel Dilators) open your blood vessels. They work directly on the muscles in the walls of your arteries, preventing the muscles from tightening and the walls from narrowing.
Generic NameBrand Name

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