Pharmacology Antihypertensives #3
The nurse correctly explains to the client that which medication lowers the blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels?
This answer is not correct because losartan is an angiotensin-receptor blocking agent (ARB) which lowers blood pressure by blocking the body’s natural renin-angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS).
This answer is not correct because lovastatin is a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor that helps lower cholesterol levels. There are no blood pressure lowering properties in the drug.
This answer is not correct because captopril is an Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-inhibitors), a common antihypertensive medication. It’s major side effects include a hacking, non-productive cough and angioedema.
This answer is correct because nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker. These medications work to lower the blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels. Their uses also include use for peripheral spasms associated with Raynauds disease and during a myocardial infarction.
Test Taking Tip
Medications with the -pine suffix are often in the calcium channel blocker medication class.