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Is taking 3 different high blood pressure medications excessive or typical?


Taking 3 different high blood pressure medications at the same time is not excessive because only in rare cases, high blood pressure medication can be controlled with just one medication. In fact, many disease states such as high cholesterol, diabetes, epilepsy and high blood pressure cannot be controlled with one medication. Each drug class works differently in the body, and it often takes a combination to see the wanted results. For example, Drug A and Drug B are two medications that lower blood pressure, both work in different ways to lower blood pressure and so it may be appropriate to use both medications together. Part of your doctor's and your pharmacist's role is to make sure there are no duplications in your drug treatment. So until we discover that one "magic pill," some atients may have to take multiple medications.

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