There is a wide range of blood pressure-lowering medicines to choose from and a combination is usually needed to treat high blood pressure most effectively and with the minimum side effects.Taking such a combination of medication is nothing to worry about. The different types of medication work in different ways on your body. Read an FAQ page from Blood Pressure UK on Taking more than one medicine for high blood pressure. The first medication you are offered will depend on your age. If you are under 55 years old – you will usually be offered an ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). If you are aged 55 or older (or you’re any age with African or Caribbean family origin) – you will usually be offered a calcium channel blocker. In some cases, you may need to take blood pressure-lowering medication for the rest of your life. However, if your blood pressure levels stay under control for several years, your doctor might be able to reduce or stop your treatment. It’s really important you take your medications as directed. If you miss doses, the treatment will not work as effectively and you could lose protection against future illness. The medication won’t necessarily make you feel any different, but this doesn’t mean it’s not working. Here are some questions you might like to ask your doctor or nurse about your treatment. You can also ask your pharmacist any questions about your medication, or approach them for advice on how to stick to your treatment plan. Medications used to treat high blood pressure can have side effects but most people don’t experience any. If they do, the large choice of blood pressure medicines means that they can often be resolved by changing treatments.