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amlodipine and valsartan (Exforge)

amlodipine and valsartan (Exforge)

What is amlodipine and valsartan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Exforge is a combination of two drugs used for treating high blood pressure (hypertension), amlodipine and valsartan. The FDA approved Exforge in June 2007. Amlodipine belongs to a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. These medications block the transport of calcium […]

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enalapril (Vasotec, Epaned)

enalapril (Vasotec, Epaned)

What is enalapril, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Enalapril is a drug that is used for treating high blood pressure. It is in a class of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. ACE is an enzyme in the body that causes the formation of angiotensin II. Angiotensin II causes the arteries […]

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bumetanide, Bumex (discontinued brand)

bumetanide, Bumex (discontinued brand)

What is bumetanide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Bumetanide is a potent diuretic (water pill) that causes a profound increase in urine output (diuresis) by preventing the kidney from retaining fluid. Specifically, it blocks the reabsorption of sodium and fluid from the kidney’s tubules. It is in a class of diuretics called […]

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FDA OKs Blood Pressure Drug to Ease Shortage Due to Recalls

FDA OKs Blood Pressure Drug to Ease Shortage Due to Recalls

Latest High Blood Pressure News WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new generic version of the high blood pressure/heart failure drug valsartan, saying the move might help ease the current medication shortage. The agency said it prioritized review of the drug from Alkem Laboratories […]

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Lotrel (amlodipine and benazepril)

Lotrel (amlodipine and benazepril)

What are the uses for amlodipine and benazepril? Lotrel is used for treating high blood pressure (hypertension) when blood pressure is not adequately controlled with either of its constituent drugs alone. What brand names are available for amlodipine and benazepril? Lotrel Is amlodipine and benazepril available as a generic drug? Yes Do I need a […]

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metolazone (Zaroxolyn)

metolazone (Zaroxolyn)

What is metolazone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Metolazone is a diuretic (“water pill”) used in the treatment of high blood pressure and fluid accumulation. It works by blocking salt and fluid retention by the kidneys, thereby increasing urinary output of salt and water (diuresis). Although it is not a true thiazide, […]

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Even a Drink a Day Might Raise Your Blood Pressure

Even a Drink a Day Might Raise Your Blood Pressure

Latest High Blood Pressure News THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Prior studies have suggested that a little drinking might help the heart. But rigorous new research suggests the opposite, finding that even a drink or two per day is tied to rising blood pressure. “I think this will be a turning point for […]