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What are Antihypertensives?

Hypertensives are drugs used to lower blood pressure. They are generally used to reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, dementia and death due to cardiovascular disease. Hypertensives have also been shown to reduce excessive hyperactivity and impulsivity in children with ADHD.

All antihypertensives are associated with a number of serious side effects. Sedation is the most common. Antihypertensives can also be associated with rapid heartbeat resulting from a skipped dose or fast withdrawal. Other side effects include the following:

  • Dry mouth;
  • Fatigue;
  • Headaches;
  • Weakness;
  • Depression;
  • Decreased sexual ability;
  • Decreased appetite;
  • Nervousness;
  • Stomach pain;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting; and
  • Constipation.