What Are the Drug Choices for Hypertensive Emergencies?

Q:
Hypertensive emergency is kind of terrified. My neighbor died of it last week. His wife said if there were some emergency drugs at home, the outcome may be different. Any recommendations on the first aid drugs?
A:
Generally, there are three major categories:

Beta-blockers.
Labetolol is useful in many situations. However if you have asthma, COPD, or hepatic failure, consult with your doctor before using.
Esmolol may be safer in patients with breathing problems.

Vasodilators.
Here the Nitroglycerin, Nitroprusside, and Hydralazine are great to work. Which one is the best, comes with your individual condition. Again, ask your doctor about the exact medication.

Calcium channel blockers.
Dihydropyridine CCBs is useful to lower blood pressure. You may take a try with amlodipine, nifedipine, and nicardipine.

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