So drugs should be your last choice in therapy, not the first choice.
Your first steps should be to change the lifestyle factors that led to your high blood pressure.
Why drugs are not the best answer to any problem. Side Effects, Side Effects, and More Side Effects including death..
The main drugs to lower blood pressure are beta blockers including Acebutolol, Atenolol, Zebeta, Coreg, Brevibloc, Lopressor, Levatol and Inderal to name just a few. There are 77 million Lisinopril prescriptions filled each year. Guess how much money you are making for the company who manufactures Lisinopril. It is in the billions. This is for a health problem that could be for the most part avoided with changes in lifestyle. There are only a small percentage of people who have genetic high blood pressure. Drugs should be reserved for those cases that do not respond to lifestyle changes such as genetic high blood pressure.
Below are the side effects associated with those drugs: impotence is common among men taking blood pressure medications. They list it under less serious side effects. I guess that depends on who is stating this. To most men and their partner, impotence is a serious issue. Sleep problems can affect your job and life. Most of the side effects below could impact driving, jobs, relationships, and your way of life.
"Acebutolol can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert."
"Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: certain types of heart rhythm problems (such as a slow heartbeat, sick sinus syndrome, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block), breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), liver disease, serious allergic reactions, including those needing treatment with epinephrine, blood circulation problems (such as Raynaud's disease, peripheral..."
Lose excess weight, especially weight in the stomach which is hard on the heart.
Stop Smoking and reduce alcohol intake if excessive.
Add omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. Krill oil is an excellent supplement but make sure it has been tested for PCb's and heavy metals.
Decrease or eliminate caffeine which does increase blood pressure.
Add Vitamin D to your diet.
Add Co Enzyme 10 for heart health.
Add calcium and magnesium to your diet. High blood pressure can be a result of these mineral deficiencies.
Consume fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, gouda and edam cheeses, and yogurt which helps the gut to work more effectively.
Use real butter, raw nuts, olive oil, and olives in your diet for adding high quality fats to your diet.
Lower your carbs in your diet. Eat organic meat if you eat meat.
Lower your stress level is extremely important. Find an outlet for your frustration and do it.
Meditation: 20 min twice a day helps lower your blood pressure readings.
Herbs that are beneficial for high blood pressure.
I have included research clips with the original research links
for you to read. There is research to back the use of herbs and they are used by doctors in various countries with success and few side effects.
Hawthorne is used in traditional Chinese medicine for heart health and blood pressure. This herb is used today in those countries to keep the heart and blood pressure healthy.
Research Paper in full here
Clip below from above research paper on herbs for high blood pressure,"
"Crataegus pinnatifida(Family: Rosaceae; Common name: Chinese Hawthorn). It has been used in China as a decoction for treatment of HTN for thousands of years. Pharmacological and clinical trials have shown that it lowers BP.
The two main substances that contribute to hawthorn's beneficial effects on heart are flavonoids and oligomeric procyanidins, which are potent antioxidant agents. Rhynchophylline, an alkaloid in cat's claw, has demonstrated an ability to inhibit platelet aggregation and thrombosis, which suggests that it may be useful in preventing strokes and reducing the risk of heart attack by lowering BP, increasing circulation, and inhibiting both the formation of plaque on arterial walls and formation of blood clots in the brain, heart, and arteries. In experiments with anesthetized rabbits, intravenous administration of the extract preparation lowered the BP for up to 3 hours.
Grataegic acid was identified as the hypotensive principle. Mechanisms of action of Crataegus postulated to date reveal a remedy with potentially broad-based influence on the cardiovascular system. These effects include a hypotensive activity through vasorelaxation resulting from nitrous oxide stimulation, significant antioxidant activity, and a tonic action on cardiac myocytes."
Cats Claw: Another herb used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat hypertension. It is used to reduce inflammation as well. It is taken by caps or tea.
Hibiscus Tea: Studies have shown that hibiscus tea reduces blood pressure. It tastes good as well. Green tea is also beneficial for reducing your blood pressure readings.
Research Paper in full here
Clip below from above research paper.