Living With High Blood Pressure

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Blood pressure medication

Get to know blood pressure medication

​ Not everyone with high blood pressure is prescribed medication, but some people may be to help manage their condition. There are several different medications that can be used to do this. The most common ones are ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers (CCBs). ​ Your doctor will choose the one that they believe will be most effective for managing your symptoms and preventing or treating a heart condition.

​ It is important that you understand: ​

  • What your medication is, why you’re taking it and what benefits it should offer

  • How to take your medication (including the dose, how often you should take a dose and for how long)

  • Any side effects you should be aware of

  • If you can take other medications at the same time if needed

​ Speak to your GP, consultant or practice nurse if you feel you need more information.

More about ACE inhibitors >

More about CCBs >

Heart medications and what they mean

​ There are lots of different medicines for different types of heart and circulatory problems. Each one will slightly change the way your heart or circulation works to reduce your symptoms and help your heart work better. ​ We’ve put together a handy guide to possible medications you may be prescribed. It’s always worth learning more about your prescription to understand its job, its side effects and how to handle any issues.

​ Remember: ​

  • Always read the information that comes with your medication.

  • Keep a list of your medicines, their dosages, and when you should take them.

  • Don’t stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor about it.

  • Check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before taking any other medicines, even ones you can buy without a prescription like paracetamol, ibuprofen and cough medicines.

Read more about heart medications > ​ ​

Discover the BHF recipe collection

​ Find hundreds of heart healthy recipes that will help the changes you make taste delicious. You can search by cuisine, preparation time and dietary requirements. We’ve also grouped together recipes that will help specific heart and circulatory conditions like high blood pressure so finding the right recipe couldn’t be easier.

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Call our Heart Helpline

Our Heart Helpline has Cardiac Nurses available to answer your questions.

Call us on 0300 330 3311 or email

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