Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is a good choice for treating high blood pressure in black people.

Medicines do not work the same for all people. Studies have found that some high blood pressure medicines work better for black people than other medicines. There are two types of medicine that experts recommend as the first-choice drugs for black people. One type is thiazide-type diuretics, such as HCTZ. The other type of medicine is calcium channel blockers, such as amlodipine.

If you are black, HCTZ may be the first medicine your doctor gives you. Often, your doctor will use more than one medicine to treat your high blood pressure. The doctor may add one or two more drugs to what you already take. This may help you reach your blood pressure goal.

Remember that every person is different. Finding the right medicines for you may take time. It is like fitting a key into a lock. Not every key will fit in one lock. You and your doctor need to work together to find the key that works for you.

HCTZ can be one of your keys!