Frequently Asked Questions
High blood pressure is defined as either too high systolic (upper number) or diastolic (lower number). This is recorded by a blood pressure machine, usually taken a few times to get consistent readings. High blood pressure is also sometimes referred to as hypertension.
The typical guidance is:
- any reading over 140/90 or higher (or 150/90 or higher if you’re older than 80) is considered high blood pressure
- normal blood pressure should be between 90/60 and 120/80
There are a large number of different blood pressure tablets available. Your doctor will tell you which blood pressure tablets are best for you to take. The tablets are usually taken once daily, but your doctor might tell you otherwise.
Some of the most common types of blood pressure tablets include:
- ACE inhibitors
- angiotensin-2 receptor blockers (ARBs)
- calcium channel blockers
- beta blockers
- alpha blockers
Like with all prescription medication, there is always the potential for side effects.
The side effects of blood pressure tablets vary depending on the type and dosage of medication your doctor has prescribed for you. If you experience any unusual side effects let your doctor know. You can also use our Ask-a-Pharmacist service for free advice.
Yes, you can buy blood pressure tablets online from registered online prescribers such as e-Surgery.
When buying blood pressure tablets or any other medication online, always look for the green GPhC logo on the bottom of each page you visit. This ensures that the website is operating legally.
Blood pressure tablets online from e-Surgery start at only £7.95, cheaper than the NHS prescription charge.
It is extremely important to continue taking your blood pressure tablets as your doctor has prescribed. If you do not keep your blood pressure in check, you significantly increase your chances of cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and stroke.