Home > Medical > Hypertension > Control through medication Control through medication All sections in Hypertension » About Hypertension » Medication » Effects on the Body » Explaining Hypertension » FAQs » Health Tips » Lifestyle Changes » Living with Hypertension » Measuring BP » Hypertension News » Real-life Story » Stress, Women & Obesity » Types of Blood Pressure » Risk Factors ARBs A-Z Angiotensin II receptor blockers inhibit the effects of angiotensin II and prevent the constriction of blood vessels and retention of salt and water, thus lowering blood pressure. ACE inhibitors A-Z Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, are vasodilators that work by preventing the formation of angiotensin II. Calcium channel blockers A-Z Both types work by blocking the entry of calcium into the smooth muscle of the blood vessels. Quiz Am I at risk for hypertension? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Are you ready to quit smoking? » Subscribe Newsletters » 10 salty food culprits 10 foods with hidden fat Centrally-acting drugs A-Z Centrally-acting drugs act on the central nervous system and cause blood vessels to relax and blood pressure to decrease. Alpha blockers A-Z Alpha blockers inhibit the effect of norepinephrine, a hormone that causes constriction of blood vessels. Antihypertensive drugs - advice to users This section gives you advice on what to do at the doctor, the pharmacy and at home. Diuretics A-Z Diuretics work on the kidneys, cause salt and water to be eliminated, relax the arteries and result in a reduction in blood pressure. Beta-blockers A-Z Beta-blockers have been used for a long time to treat hypertension. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.