Hypertension

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the pressure in the arteries is too high. This in turn makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood throughout the body. There may be no symptoms, but in severe cases headache, lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting, and nosebleeds may occur.

Treatment for hypertension includes diet and exercise, and taking medicine. Common drug classes prescribed to treat hypertension are beta blockers, ace inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, ARBs, loop diuretics, thiazide diuretics, central alpha agonists, aldosterone antagonists, arteriorlar vasodilators, catecholamine depletors, ACE inhibitor / calcium channel blocker combinations, ACE inhibitor / thiazide diuretic combinations, aldosterone antagonist / thiazide diuretic combinations, ARB / thiazide diuretic combinations, ARB / thiazide-like combinations, arteriolar vasodilator / thiazide diuretic combinations, and beta agonist / thiazide diuretic combinations.

Savings Tips for Hypertension

  • Heart Patients More Likely to Skip Pills If They Look Different

    July 22, 2014

    Generic drugs are crucial to the treatment of heart disease. Generics save lives in our heart patients, ranging from blood pressure meds and blood thinners to anti-arrhythmic drugs. They are cheap and well tolerated. Why is it, then, that so many patients stop taking them? One half of patients with heart disease don’t take their meds even in the year after a heart attack. Turns out, the way they look matters. See More

  • Generic Diovan is Now Available!

    July 17, 2014

    The long expected arrival of generic Diovan (valsartan) is finally here!

    I know there has been a lot of anticipation for the release of this highly popular blood pressure medication and it is now finally available. Diovan combined with hydrochlorothiazide (Diovan HCT) has been available as generic valsartan/hctz for quite some time now, and there has been plenty of speculation as to when plain Diovan would make its generic debut. See More

  • Recall: Generic Toprol XL (Metoprolol Succinate)

    June 20, 2014

    Generic manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s is recalling two lots (about 13,560 bottles) of blood pressure med metoprolol ER (metoprolol succinate, or generic Toprol XL). The recall includes only the 25 mg tablet, 100-count bottle.

    The recall was initiated because the drug failed a dissolution test, used to show that the active ingredient in the medication will be released consistently, and have the same effect in every batch.

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Popular Hypertension Drugs

Popularity Nombre del Medicamento Drug Class Price
Zestril
(lisinopril)
ACE Inhibitors 5 See Prices
Prinivil
(lisinopril)
ACE Inhibitors 5 See Prices
Norvasc
(amlodipine)
Calcium Channel Blockers 8 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Hypertension Drug Classes

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