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For many people, lifestyle changes can reduce blood pressure to a normal level. Some of the specific things that can be tried include quitting smoking, losing weight, and becoming more physically active. Some people, however, need to take prescription medicine in addition to changing their lifestyle.
 
Several categories of drugs are used to treat high blood pressure, and they are sometimes combined for better results. The main types of medication used to treat high blood pressure include but are not limited to:
 
  • Beta blockers
  • Diuretics
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs).
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(Click Lower Blood Pressure to learn more about the things you can do to reduce your blood pressure.)
 
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