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My Blood Pressure Medication

I am currently taking an enormous amount (IMO!) of drugs for my high blood pressure. My doctor has told me that if I keep monitoring my readings, and they stay low, I will be able to come off some of them soon.

  • 2* 50mg Betaloc (metoprolol) per day
  • 1* 8mg Coversyl (Perindopril) per day
  • 3* 25mg Alphapress (Hydralazine) per day
  • 1* 10mg Novarsc per day

As I understand it, there are a number of categories of blood pressure medications … I think my doctors decided I needed something of every category.

This page http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=16095 has some good information on blood pressure medications.

The first, Betaloc is a beta-blocker. According to http://www.medicinenet.com/beta_blockers/article.htm “They slow the heart beat, lessen the force with which the heart muscle contracts and reduce blood vessel contraction in the heart, brain, and throughout the body.”

The second, Coversyl , is a ACE inhibitor, according to http://www.medicinenet.com/ace_inhibitors/article.htm they slow the activity of Angiotensin “Angiotensin II is a very potent chemical that causes the muscles surrounding blood vessels to contract and thereby narrows the blood vessels. The narrowing of the vessels increases the pressure within the vessels “

The third, Alphapress, is a vasodilator according to http://www.drugs.com/MTM/hydralazine.html “It relaxes (widens) veins and arteries, which makes it easier for your heart to pump“. This is the drug the doctor said I liked in the My high blood pressure article.

The fourth, Novarsc, is a Calcium Channel Blocker. According to http://www.medicinenet.com/calcium_channel_blockers/article.htm “Calcium channel blockers are a class of drugs that block the entry of calcium into the muscle cells of the heart and the arteries. It is the entry of calcium into these cells that causes the heart to contract and arteries to narrow. By blocking the entry of calcium, CCBs decrease contraction of the heart and dilate (widen) the arteries.”

So my “betas” are being blocked, my “Angiotensin II” is being slowed, my blood vessels are being dilated, and my calcium is being blocked from my heart.

No wonder my blood pressure is lower these days!

blood pressure chart

I have not noticed any side effects, but then again I don’t think I am one of these people who are “in tune” with their body … consider that I never noticed that I had high blood pressure.

The good news is that this is covered by Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) … I only pay around $25 (australian dollars, around $20US) for each script. I think I would be broke if I lived in America.

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