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Antihypertensive medicines

Antihypertensives are medicines that help keep blood pressure within normal limits.

Examples of antihypertensive medicines are diuretics, beta-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs).

Taking Blood Pressure Medicine: How Others Decided

Tyrell's story: Taking pills for high blood pressure

Tyrell, 35
Find out how Tyrell coped with side effects from his high blood pressure medicine.
"I learned that it doesn't matter how healthy you feel—if you have high blood pressure, you're at risk of having problems, so it's a good idea to do something about it."

When Tyrell's doctor told him he had high blood pressure, he was shocked. "I thought, 'Hey, I'm a physical fitness trainer. I'm in great shape. How could I have high blood pressure?' "

He knew that both of his parents have high blood pressure. And one of his uncles recently had a stroke. But Tyrell had always been kind of a health nut. It just didn't seem possible that he could be sick.

"My doctor put me on two kinds of pills," the 35-year-old says. "And for a few months I was really good about taking them every day. But they made me a little tired, and I got tired of being tired."

Instead of going back to his doctor, Tyrell just stopped taking his pills. Then, a few months later, he was working at his fitness club when he heard sirens. An ambulance had been called because a club member had collapsed while lifting weights. Tyrell found out the next day that the club member had a stroke, probably caused by high blood pressure. "I learned that it doesn't matter how healthy you feel—if you have high blood pressure, you're at risk of having problems, so it's a good idea to do something about it," Tyrell says.

Trying to get it right

The new pills still made him a little tired. But this time, instead of not taking his pills, he went back to the doctor yet again. His new combination of blood pressure pills is working well, with no side effects.

"Now I often talk about high blood pressure with my clients," he says. "I tell them about my own high blood pressure—which always kind of surprises them—and let them know that medicine can help you."

This story is based on information gathered from many people facing this health issue.

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