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Blood pressure medications

If you have high blood pressure, or your overall risk of stroke is high because you have multiple stroke risk factors, your doctor may prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure. There are many blood pressure medications and your doctor may need to increase the dose or use these medications in combination to reduce your blood pressure.

Some people will require a number of different ways to lower their blood pressure (medication and lifestyle changes).

If you have already had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), the use of blood pressure lowering drugs have been shown to reduce the chance of a further stroke. The benefits of lowering blood pressure occur irrespective of your current blood pressure.

It is important to take your blood pressure medication as prescribed. Do not make decisions about stopping your medication without talking to your doctor.