It is important to take your blood pressure medicines every day. Take your medicines even when your blood pressure comes down even when you do not feel bad. Do not stop taking your medicine until your doctor says that it is OK. People taking diuretics may also experience a decreased libido, though this is less common. Some medications can interact with diuretics, so a person should speak to a doctor about all of the drugs they are taking.
There are a number of types and classes of drugs available for the management and treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). Any medication can cause side effects, and high blood pressure (HBP) medications are no exception. However, many people do not have side effects from taking hypertension drugs, and often the side effects are mild. Blood pressure is the amount of force that your blood puts on your artery walls as it moves through your body. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) occurs when your blood moves through your arteries at a higher pressure than normal. Blood pressure medicines work in different ways to lower blood pressure. Some remove extra fluid and salt from the body. Others slow down the heartbeat or relax and widen blood vessels. Often, two or more medicines work better than one. Treating high blood pressure will help prevent problems such as heart disease, stroke, loss of eyesight, chronic kidney disease, and other blood vessel diseases. You may need to take medicines to lower your blood pressure if lifestyle changes are not enough to bring your blood pressure to the target level.