People with high blood pressure are often urged to change their diet, exercise regularly,
quit smoking, and generally lead less stressful lives. If changes to your lifestyle
aren’t effective enough, your doctor may prescribe a medication like BYSTOLIC to help you manage your hypertension.
The next time you see your doctor, you may want to ask these questions:
What is my blood pressure?
What can I do to make my blood pressure lower?
If you need help talking to your doctor about high blood pressure treatment options,
get some tips on how to start the conversation.
Antihypertensive drugs may be used if a person’s blood pressure is above 140 (systolic) or
There are several different “classes” of blood pressure medication.1
Currently, they include:
- Diuretics. Help the body to flush away water and salt2
- Calcium Channel Blockers. Reduce the work of the heart, relax and
widen blood vessels3
- ACE Inhibitors. Block hormones that constrict blood vessels4
- Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers. Block blood-vessel–constricting
- Beta Blockers. A beta blocker is a medication that slows the heart
rate and reduces the force with which the heart muscle contracts, thereby lowering
blood pressure. Beta blockers do this by blocking beta-adrenergic receptors, preventing
adrenaline (epinephrine) from stimulating these receptors.6
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While medications work well for most people, and they can be extremely helpful in
certain cases, not all medications work for everyone. If you feel that you are experiencing
problems with your current medication, please speak with your doctor.
You should know that even with medication, making healthy lifestyle choices is not
only recommended to help lower your blood pressure, it may also help improve your
overall health and make you feel better.
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Tips for Taking High Blood Pressure Medication
Always take high blood pressure medication as directed, even though there may be
no signs or symptoms of high blood pressure. Here are some handy tips to help you
remember to take BYSTOLIC and other medications as prescribed by your doctor:
- Keep a reminder calendar on the refrigerator or other place you see every day with
all medications to be taken and how often they are to be taken. Once taken, mark
that day’s entry
- Put reminder “sticky notes” in highly visible places, such as the refrigerator,
the bathroom mirror, or inside the front door
- Use a pillbox with separate compartments for each day of the week. Leave it out
in a place where it will be seen regularly, such as the kitchen counter or the dining
- Set an alarm, a travel alarm clock, or a wristwatch to go off when it is time to
- Ask other household members or friends to help with reminders, such as daily check-in