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Combined Medicines

Most people need to take two or more blood pressure drugs to control their blood pressure. If one type of medication is not enough, your doctor may prescribe combination therapy with two or more types of antihypertensive medication. This allows for lower doses of each individual drug, reducing the risk or severity of side effects. Some combinations are available together in a single pill.

Combined Alpha Blockers & Beta Blockers

(check with manufacturer for specific information)

Commonly prescribed brands:

Carvedilol

Labetalol

Coreg

Normodyne

How they are given:

  • Oral

What they are used for:

  • To treat high blood pressure

You should not be treated with them if:

  • You have been diagnosed with:
    • Second- or third- degree heart block (a delayed or complete lack of electrical communication between the upper chambers of the heart and the lower chambers of the heart)
    • Asthma
    • Abnormally low heart rate
    • Cardiogenic shock (a damaged heart muscle that cannot pump properly causing a shock-like state)
    • Severe heart failure
    • You have a condition brought on by low blood pressure

Possible side effects:

  • Excessive slowing of heartbeat, fatigue, depression, increased blood sugar and cholesterol levels

Pregnancy/nursing:

  • The safety of these medications during pregnancy is unknown
  • The safety of these medications during nursing is unknown. Labetalol can enter a woman's breast milk.

 

Combined Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors with Calcium Channel Blockers

(check with manufacturer for specific information)

Commonly prescribed brand:

Amlopidine & Benazepril

Lotrel

How they are given:

  • Oral

What they are used for:

  • To treat high blood pressure

You should not be treated with them if:

  • You have a history of swelling beneath the skin ( angioedema) related to previous treatment with ACE inhibitor or of hereditary or unknown origin

Possible side effects:

  • Cough, headache, dizziness, swelling (including angioedema and facial swelling)

Pregnancy/nursing:

  • Pregnant women should not take Lotrel because it contains an ACE inhibitor, which can harm the fetus
  • Women who are nursing should not take Lotrel because it contains an ACE inhibitor, which can harm the baby. If the treatment is essential, then nursing should be discontinued.

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