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Using Medication to Lower Blood Pressure

In addition to lifestyle changes, some people need to use blood pressure medication to help reach a normal blood pressure. There are many types of high blood pressure medicines, and each one works in a slightly different way. People can react to medicine in different ways, so you may need to try a few different types before your doctor finds the best medication for you. By trying out a few different drugs, your doctor can see which one is most effective for you with the fewest side effects.
If your doctor does prescribe hypertension medication, it is important that you take your pills exactly as directed. Even if you feel well, you still need to take your medicine. Because there are no early symptoms of high blood pressure, it is impossible to feel the damage that could be happening inside of your body until it is too late.

Final Thoughts on Controlling Blood Pressure

Lowering blood pressure takes constant effort. Often, old habits need to be changed. Changing these habits may be a hard thing to do. Many people can feel overwhelmed with the changes they're told they need to make as part of their treatment plan -- especially when they weren't feeling that bad to begin with. Keep in mind that one healthy choice is better than none, and simply take it one day at a time. If your doctor prescribes medication as part of your treatment, be sure to take the medicine exactly as it's prescribed. Your ongoing dedication is an important part of your effort to lower blood pressure.
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