Every person is different, and some types of blood pressure medication work better in different types of people. What works well for a friend or relative may not work so well for you.
Many people find that one medicine alone will not lower their blood pressure enough. Each type of medication works in different ways in your body, so taking more than one should have more of an effect on your blood pressure.
Doctors have guidelines to help them decide what to use, but it can take time to find the right blood pressure medications for you.
High blood pressure cannot be cured, and if you need to take medicines, you will probably need to keep taking them for life. If you stop, your blood pressure will rise back up again.
It is very important to keep taking your medicines, even if you don’t feel unwell. By keeping your blood pressure low you are protecting your heart and blood vessels from damage and disease.
Build your blood pressure medicines into your daily routine – take them at the same time every day, and get into the habit of taking them. This will help you get the most benefit from them.