What are the types of high blood pressure medication?

Pssstt… Got high blood pressure? Well, no worries. We know that dealing with hypertension can be a real pain in the butt. That’s why today we want to help you out by telling you what types of high blood pressure medication exist in hopes that it will make your next doctor’s visit just a tiny bit easier!

The Big Guns: Calcium Channel Blockers

Calcium channel blockers (CCBs) are a serious class of drugs prescribed for people with hypertension because they bring down systolic and diastolic pressure significantly. They’ve been around since 1980, and there are two main types: non-dihydropyridine CCBs (OMG try pronouncing that ten times fast) AND dihydropyridine CCBs.


The first group: Non-dihydropydines tends to have less side effects than its counterpart but is not used as frequently due to the risk of more severe cardiac complications developing from use. It works by relaxing muscles including those lining blood vessels thereby increasing arterial passage diameter allowing them to carry blood easier through increased vasodilation.


The second type: Diastolic dys-function has earned this med top pick slot among practitioners despite its common side-effect, peripheral edema or swelling in lower extremities – i.e., say goodbye pretty ankles heya marshmallow feet! Having said that /phrasing/

This boon is possible because didenopyrdynes provide armament on both counts reducing both systolic and distal functions providing optimum relief—without affecting heart rate!

Beta-Blockers — Not Just for Stage Fright Anymore

Aah yes one event most people experience stage fright Strutting their stuff whether public speaking or singing karaoke in the shower. For years beta-blockers have been used to quell sweaty palms and dry mouth before a big event but did u know it can help your blood pressure too?

Beta-blockers reduce heart rate, slowing down the sympathetic nervous system response that increases blood pressure. In addition, they’re often used in conjunction with another type of meds like diuretics or painkillers for even greater results.

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors – A Mouthful to Say

Let’s face it; hypertension is tough enough as is so why not opt for something easy peasy? Enter ACE inhibitors! These drugs work by countering enzymes responsible for producing angiotensins-2 peptides hormones which are responsible 4 vasoconstriction narrowing of blood vessels causing increased Bp!

Side effects include coughing but generally these pills offer excellent relief seldom elevated over just a few days

Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs) — They Do What Exactly?

These blockers target angiotensin II receptors thereby reducing their activation leading to varying levels of vasodilation and reduced constriction ultimately curbing systemic BP.

Additionally with fewer side-effects than ACE inhibitors ARBs make great candidates for people who might resist the previously mentioned meds’ side effects—the downside? Expect to pay more from your wallet every month.

Renin-Inhibitor- Aliskiren

Renins related physiology—cue blabber mouth alert is complex, covering both hormonal and counter-regulatory pathways mediated by kidney function where rennin causes an initial increase in BP due 2 induced vasoconstriction followed by aldosterone release & re-absorption of sodium ions(Na+) ultimately increasing overall volume^1… whew….erhm moving on /phrasing

Enter Renal-inhibiting medications such as Aliskiren targeting that mechanism preventing rennin production altogether & angiotensin-2 peptides reducing sodium retention promoting relaxation of vessel walls as well.

Thiazide Diuretics

If you dislike running to the bathroom every 15 minutes, we’re sorry to say that thiazide diuretics aren’t for you gurl! These work by helping your body get rid of extra salt and water through urination which reduces the total volume in your vein-thus lowering blood pressure.

Oh yeah – one more thing u might become BFF with toilet while on this medication but don’t worry it’s not permanent!

In Conclusion

We know hypertension is a pain in the rear but hopefully these meds listed above give an insight into what might be prescribed during next Dr. visit…enjoying outdoors fresh air company if symptoms persist …seek immediate medical attention including chest pains shortness breathing one arm suddenly numb or face sagging. Don’t forget even though medicines making rounds stress-management strategies dietary changes exercise can bring about greater results lasting power than any med alone so go ahead beta-block those blood-pressure blues & tune up overall ‘cardiovascular health’ today!

  1. Weininger S., Renin: Proceedings of a Workshop Held at Wiesbaden, August 27-29,1979 (Pathobiology) elsevier Amsterdam/ pages 343

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