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Which blood pressure drug is right for you?

Controlling high blood pressure involves trial and error. It may take more than one medication to do the job, and the dosages may need to be adjusted over time.
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The medications your doctor prescribes may depend on your underlying health issues.

Controlling high blood pressure often involves taking at least one daily medication. But with more than 200 drugs avail-able to treat the condition, how does your doctor decide which one will work for you? "Each person is unique, so what works for one may not work for another. In many cases, more than one drug is needed to control high blood pressure, and the dosages may need to be adjusted over time," says Dr. Randall Zusman, a cardiologist with the Corrigan-Minehan Heart Center at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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