This article was originally published on March 8, 2022
This page lists medications in the 5 major categories of antihypertensive medications used as first-line treatments (as of March 2022). These 5 categories are:
1. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
2. Angiotensin II receptor blockers
3. Thiazide diuretics
4. Calcium channel blockers—Dihydropyridines
5. Calcium channel blockers—Non-dihydropyridines
Note: In each section, the medications are listed alphabetically.
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
Enalaprilat (Vasotec® IV)
Lisinopril (Prinivil®, Zestril®)
Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)
Eprosartan (Teveten®)—No longer available in the United States
Chlorthalidone (Hygroton®). Among the thiazide diuretics, chlorthalidone is preferred because it has a long half-life and has been shown in clinical trials to reduce cardiovascular disease (Whelton et al., 2018).
Hydrochlorothiazide (generic, Esidrix®, Hydrodiuril®, Microzide®, Oretic®, Zide®)
Calcium channel blockers—Dihydropyridines
Amlodipine (Amvaz®, Katerzia®, Norvasc®)
Levamlodipine (Conjupri®): Approved by FDA but not yet
Nicardipine (Cardene®, Cardene® SR)
Nifedipine (Adalat®, Adalat® CC, Afeditab® CR, Nifedical® XL, Nifeditab® CR, Procardia)
Nimodipine (Nimotop®, Nymalize®)
Calcium channel blockers—Non-dihydropyridines
Diltiazem SR (sustained-release) (Cardizem® SR)
Diltiazem ER (extended-release) Cardizem® CD
Verapamil IR (immediate-release) (Calan®, Verelan®, Isoptin®)
Verapamil delayed-onset ER (delayed onset extended-release) (Calan® SR)
Note: There are many more antihypertensive medications that are considered to be “secondary agents” (Whelton et al., 2018). They are not listed on this page.
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