Choosing blood pressure medications

Many drugs are available to treat high blood pressure. Choosing the right one can be tricky. Learn how to find the best one for you.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

There are many different high blood pressure medications (antihypertensives) available, each with pros and cons. Your health care provider might prescribe more than one type to treat your condition.

Taking your medications as prescribed, monitoring your blood pressure and making lifestyle changes can help you reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Lifestyle changes

If you’re beginning to develop high blood pressure (prehypertension) or if you already have it, lifestyle changes may help you reduce or eliminate your need for medication.

Try these steps to help lower and control blood pressure.

  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Reduce the amount of salt (sodium) in your diet.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Manage stress.
  • Maintain a healthy