Many people with high blood pressure can’t lower it enough without taking 2 or more medicines. The goal is to get your blood pressure below 130/80 mm Hg. The higher your blood pressure is to start, the harder it may be to get it down. This is why experts say that people whose blood pressure is above 150/90 should start taking 2 medicines right from the start.

High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. The sooner you lower your blood pressure the lower your risk for these life-threatening conditions.

Your doctor will check your progress at least once a month at first. If you don’t meet your blood pressure goal by then, they may increase the dose of your medicine. They may also add another medicine to your treatment. There are many types of blood pressure-lowering medicines. They work in different ways. Taking more than one type at a time can help lower your blood pressure more.

Take more than one to get the job done!