3-in-1 Pill Shows Promise for High Blood Pressure

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A pill that combines three blood pressure-lowering drugs improves people’s chances of lowering their high blood pressure, researchers report.

The pill contains low doses of the three medications — telmisartan, amlodipine and chlorthalidone.

The finding stems from a study of 700 people, who averaged 56 years old. All had high blood pressure.

Among those who took the so-called “triple pill” for six months, 70 percent had achieved their blood pressure targets, compared with 55 percent of those who received their usual care. Usual care meant taking whatever blood pressure medicine their doctor prescribed.

The rate of side effects was no greater among those who took the three-in-one pill than among the usual care group.

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