|Drug||Good candidates||Common side effects|
Chlorthalidone, hydrochlorothiazide, and others
|Often the first choice, alone or with other drugs, for most otherwise healthy people.||Frequent urination, low potassium levels, and erectile dysfunction.|
Benazepril (Lotensin and generic), enalapril (Vasotec and generic), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril, and generic), and others
|Especially for people with diabetes, heart failure, kidney disease, or a history of heart attack or stroke.||
Persistent dry cough, high potassium levels, reduced kidney function, and an uncommon allergic reaction (angioedema) especially in black Americans.
Not to be taken together with an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB).
|Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)
Losartan (Cozaar and generic), candesartan (Atacand), and others
|People who would otherwise be candidates for ACEIs but can't take them because of excessive coughing.||
Similar to ACEIs but less likely to cause coughing.
Not to be taken together with an ACEI.
Amlodipine (Norvasc and generic), diltiazem (Cardizem and generic), and others
|Black people and people who also have angina (chest pain), certain heart-rhythm abnormalities, and possibly migraines.||Dizziness, fast or slow heartbeat, flushing, headaches, swollen gums, and, less often, breathing problems.|
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