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High blood pressure treatments: Taking tablets
Q. I've been given blood pressure tablets. How long will I have to take them for?
A. It is likely that you will be taking medicines for the rest of your life. However, a small number of people who really stick to their lifestyle changes are able to reduce or stop some of their medicines.
It's vital that you don't stop taking your tablets once your blood pressure is under control. As soon as you stop your medicines, your blood pressure will start to rise again and within a few weeks it will be back up to where it was before (or possibly even higher).
High blood pressure slowly causes damage over a long period of time and, therefore, needs to be kept under control for the long term. There is no point in only reducing your blood pressure for a few months, you have to keep lowering it permanently.
For more on the effects of high blood pressure, please see Why is blood pressure important?