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Old 02-16-2005, 05:43 AM   #5
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Re: Which HBP medicine do you think have no big side effect ?

I agree with ZUZU that the ARB class is the one you should look at. If you don't get enough lowering with them then it's common to add thiazide (a diuretic.)

Your choices are many and side effects are minimal (though definitely still present):

CANDESARTAN ( ATACAND, *ATACAND HCT)
EPROSARTAN ( TEVETEN )
IRBESARTAN ( *AVALIDE, AVAPRO)
LOSARTAN ( COZAAR, *HYZAAR)
OLMESARTAN ( BENICAR, *BENICAR HCT0
TASOSARTAN (VERDIA)
TELMISARTAN (MICARDIS)
VALSARTAN ( DIOVAN, *DIOVAN HCT)

* indicates the addition of hydrochlorothiazide, but it can be taken as a cheap separate pill with any of the ARB's.

Bad news is there is no generic in the U.S.A. and consequently prices are high.

My recommendation is to try the HCTZ ALONE first and see how your BP responds to the oldest BP drug in the arsenal. It's only pennies a day and it's a powerful medicine.

Last edited by Lenin; 02-17-2005 at 05:13 AM.