High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Medications (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
In this Article
- What is high blood pressure (hypertension)?
- High blood pressure medication list
- Beta blockers
- ACE inhibitors
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers
- Calcium channel blockers
- Alpha blockers
- Alpha-2 receptor agonist
- Central agonists
- Peripheral adrenergic inhibitors
- What are the most common blood pressure medications?
- What is the best high blood pressure medication?
- What are common high blood pressure side effects?
- Is it safe to take high blood pressure medication during pregnancy?
- Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking high blood pressure medications?
- Does high blood pressure lead to weight gain?
Beta blockers lower blood pressure by acting directly on the heart. These high blood pressure medications reduce heart rate and force of pumping, as well as reduce blood volume. Beta blockers include:
- Acebutolol (Sectral)
- Atenolol (Tenormin)
- Bisoprolol fumarate (Zebeta)
- Carvedilol (Coreg) -- Combined alpha/beta blocker
- Esmilol (Brevibloc)
- Labetalol (Trandate, Normodyne) -- Combined alpha/beta blocker
- Metoprolol tartrate (Lopressor) and metoprolol succinate (Toprol-XL)
- Nadolol (Corgard)
- Nebivolol (Bystolic)
- Penbutolol sulfate (Levatol)
- Propranolol (Inderal)
- Sotalol (Betapace)
- HCTZ and bisoprolol (Ziac) is a beta blocker plus diuretic
Next: ACE inhibitors
Get tips on handling your hypertension.