African-American Med Guide For High Blood Pressure

African-American High Blood Pressure Medicine Guide

Taking high blood pressure medicines is a way of life for many African-Americans.

If you are an African-American with high blood pressure, The American Medical Association’s Eighth Joint National Committee has put out it’s recommendations for the different types of medications that you can use as a guide to getting it under control. Please read the Jay Harold article on the New African-American High Blood Pressure Guidelines before you use this guide. Below is a compiled list of their recommendations for Calcium Channel Blockers (CCB’s), Thiazide Diuretics, ACE Inhibitors, and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB’s). This is not a complete list of medications!

Recommended Medications for High Blood Pressure in African-Americans


 

Calcium Channel Blockers (CCB’s)

 Calcium Channel Blockers (CCB’s) are recommended for first line use for African Americans by JNC 8. They should be used in combination with Thiazide Diuretics.
Some are listed below by generic name:

  • Nifedipine
  • Diltiazem
  • Amlodipine
  • Verapamil
  • Nisoldipine
  • Isradipine

 Thiazide Diuretics

 Thiazide Diuretics are recommended for first line use for African Americans by JNC 8. They should be used in combination with Calcium Channel Blockers (CCB’s).
Some are listed below by generic name: 

  • Indapamide
  • Chlorthalidone
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Chlorothiazide
  • Metolazone

 ACE Inhibitors

ACE Inhibitors are used with Calcium Channel Blockers and Thiazide Diuretics for chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure in African Americans.
Some are listed below by generic name:

  • Lisinopril
  • Ramipril
  • Enalapril
  • Quinapril
  • Captopril
  • Benazepril

 Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB’s)

Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB’s) are used with Calcium Channel Blockers and Thiazide Diuretics for chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure in African Americans.
Some are listed below by generic name: 

  • Losartan
  • Valsartan
  • Olmesartan
  • Candesartan
  • Telmisartan
  • Irbesartan

Disclaimer

This is not a complete list of medications.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
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2 comments

  1. Deborah Hopper

    Hi, Mr. Jay Harold, you provide great health topic related to Afro Americans, you have educated me on health problems. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Thank you.

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