Generic High Blood Pressure Medication Overview

Covering generic high blood pressure medication such as perindoprll, chlorothiazide, betaxolol and pindolol and side effects



Generic high blood pressure medications follow the same pattern as the rest of generic medications for other ailments. When pharmacological drugs are developed and brought to the market this follows years even running into decades of background costly research and studies. This gives entitlement to the researching company to patent the drug preventing other companies from manufacturing the drug. Drugs developed under patent are called brand name drugs. Patents especially those granted by the FDA in the United States may remain valid for up to 10 or 20 years even though in some cases the time can be much shorter. Thereafter other companies will be legally allowed to manufacture the drug in its generic form.

High blood pressure meds are categorized into several types based on how they work to treat high blood pressure. The following is a list of available hypertension medications. Drugs available on the market fall into any of these eight drug categories;

  • ACE Inhibitors
  • Beta Blockers
  • Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs)
  • Peripherally Acting Alpha-Adrenergic Blockers
  • Angiotension II Antagonists
  • Vasolidators
  • Centrally-Acting Alpha Adrenergics
  • Diuretics (water-pills)

Generic blood pressure drugs are essentially the same as brand name drugs. They contain the same active ingredient that makes the drug effective for high blood pressure treatment. This makes generic high blood pressure medication just as effective as brand name drugs. What varies in most cases is the coloring and filling used to manufacture the generic version of the brand name drug. Most patients seek to purchase generic drugs particularly because they are significantly cheaper than brand name pharmacological drugs. This is because generic drugs benefit from the costly scientific research and efficacy studies needed to have the drug used in the first place. The generic drug manufacturer often sets-up no extra marketing campaigns for the drug. All these are huge cost implications that would have been avoided making it beneficial to patients.

If you are a patient contemplating using generic hypertension drugs, it can be stated that generic high blood pressure medications that are FDA approved or approved by any similar reputable institution in any country will yield the same outcomes in terms of effectiveness as brand name drugs. The FDA in particular requires that all generic medications contain identical active ingredients as found in the brand name drug. It is also required that the generic drug be identical in strength, dosage and how it is administered for example orally or via injection. The generic drug must also have the same use indications that patients and doctors look out for and must be bioequivalent. Bioequivalent is the term used when active ingredients in a drug are the same and the rate and extent of absorption into the body are the same.



Most of the brand name hypertension medications found in the categories listed above have generic drugs. A few still have patent protected brand name drugs which will legally be allowed to have generic versions later in the future as the patents expire. The following is a list of selected generic drugs found under some of the categories. The brand name drug name is in brackets;

Generic Blood Pressure Medications - ACE Inhibitors

  • Perindoprll (Aceon)
  • Quinapril (Accupril)
  • Ramipril (Altace)
  • Captopril (Capoten)
  • Benazepril (Lotensin)

Generic High Blood Pressure Medications - Diuretics

  • Chlorothiazide (Diuril)
  • Methyclothiazide (Enduron)
  • Torsemide (Demadex)
  • Spironolactone (Aldactazide, Aldactone)
  • Furosemide (Lasix)

Generic Blood Pressure Medications - Beta Blockers

  • Carvedilol (Coreg)
  • Nadolol (Corgard)
  • Propranolol (Inderal)
  • Betaxolol (Inderal LA)
  • Penbutolol (Kerlone)

In as far as reactions are concerned problems associated with generic drugs emanate in most cases from the coloring and fillings used in these non-brand name drugs. Individuals who have problems with generic drugs are in most cases those switching from a brand name innovator drug to a generic drug. The different non active ingredients used in the drugs may result in uncomfortable reactions during the time of adjustment. These reactions will include painful gas and even diarrhea. Some individuals may develop rush until they are fully adjusted to the new generic. Just as innovator drugs, generic high blood pressure medication still has side effects that patients may experience. These are similar to those found in generic drugs considering the drugs are bioequivalent. Blood pressure medication side effects will include feeling tired, upset stomach, headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, chest pain, problems breathing in extreme cases and swelling of hands, feet and legs.

It is recommended to work with your doctor when switching from a brand name drug to a generic drug. It is also important to get counsel from your physician if your are going to pick on generic high blood pressure medications as some manufacturers will inevitably stop production forcing you to switch drugs again.


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