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What are antihypertensive medications?

Antihypertensives are medications that lower blood pressure, reducing strain on, and damage to, the heart and blood vessels. Drugs called ACE inhibitors and angiotensin-2 receptor antagonists are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), as are beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, diuretics, and other medications. Anyone who has high blood pressure (with a reading consistently above 120/80) may be prescribed antihypertensives.

- Examples of ACE Inhibitors:
benazepril (Lotensin)
captopril (Capoten)
enalapril (Vasotec)
fosinopril (Monopril)
lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)
moexipril (Univasc)
perindopril (Aceon)
quinapril (Accupril)
ramipril (Altace)
trandolapril (Mavik)

- Examples of Angiotensin-2 Receptor Antagonists:     
candesartan (Atacand)
eprosartan (Teveten)
irbesartan (Avapro)
losartan (Cozaar)
telmisartan (Micardis)
valsartan (Diovan)

 

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