If being more active, eating healthier, and other lifestyle changes are not enough to control your blood pressure, your doctor may tell you to take a blood pressure medicine. There are many types of blood pressure medicines and you may need to take more than one treat your high blood pressure.

There are two types of blood pressure medicines that can also help protect your kidneys and slow down kidney disease:

  • ACE inhibitor: angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor
  • ARB: angiotensin II receptor blocker

Your doctor might also ask you to take a diuretic, also called a water pill. This helps your body get rid of extra fluid, which can cause high blood pressure.

Be sure to take any medicine the way your doctor tells you to. Blood pressure medicines work best when you take them every day, even if you feel fine. If you have any side effects from your medicines, talk to your doctor. You may be able to take a different medicine that does not have those side effects.

If you have trouble remembering to take your medicines, try to:

  • Set an alarm to remind yourself
  • Use a pill box to keep your medicines organized
  • Take your medicines at the same time every day as part of your normal routine, such as when you brush your teeth or eat a meal