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  • Sue Hughes

Individual Response to BP Meds Shows 'Substantial' Variation

Updated: Sep 12, 2023

Finding the right medication(s) for high blood pressure control can be quite a journey. It can be hard to find just one medicine that will work adequately with tolerable side effects. Did you know that most guidelines recommend that doctors prescribe several drugs for each patient?

This new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that some people can be better treated with one high blood pressure drug compared to another if the right drug is found. (This strikes me as a bit of a blinding flash of the obvious, but I am happy that we have a study to prove it). If we are able to accurately predict which drug works best for an individual with the fewest side effects, then we have improved the chances that people will be willing to take the medications they need.

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