Drug Treatment Of Hypertension. Does The Drug Matter?

Many types of drugs are available for the treatment of hypertension, and for a long time there was debate about whether the benefits of treatment were related to the quality of blood pressure control or whether the type of drug used might also be important. This is a key question because the difference in cost between “older” drugs (thiazides like chlorothizide or Beta blockers such as Toprol and Inderal) and “newer” drugs (such as angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors like Accupril and Benicar or calcium channel blockers such as Norvasc and Adalat) is large.

It is now clear that what matters most is getting blood pressure controlled, and that this is overwhelmingly more important than the drug used to achieve the reduction. Read on…Drug treatment of hypertension