Quality CareFind out why Mayo Clinic is the right place for your health care. Make an appointment.
Meet the StaffFind a directory of doctors and departments at all Mayo Clinic campuses. Visit now.
Research and Clinical TrialsSee how Mayo Clinic research and clinical trials advance the science of medicine and improve patient care. Explore now.
Visit Our SchoolsEducators at Mayo Clinic train tomorrow’s leaders to deliver compassionate, high-value, safe patient care. Choose a degree.
Professional ServicesExplore Mayo Clinic’s many resources and see jobs available for medical professionals. Get updates.
Philanthropy at Mayo ClinicYour support accelerates powerful innovations in patient care, research and education. Give today.
Mayo Clinic offers appointments in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic Health System locations.
Subscribe to Housecall
Our general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics.
The term "polypill" describes a pill that contains a combination of several medications commonly used to treat heart disease and high blood pressure. Doctors aren't sure what exact combination of medications should be included in a polypill. It's thought that low doses of each of these medications could be effective:
The polypill isn't currently available for sale in the United States. The drug would most likely be used as a treatment option for people who have already had a heart attack or stroke. The polypill probably won't be used as a preventive measure for people who haven't had a heart attack or stroke, because the risks associated with some of the medications included in the polypill, such as aspirin, may outweigh the potential benefits of such a treatment.
Studies done on the polypill suggest that the combined medication helps people better adhere to their treatment, probably because it's easier to remember to take one medication than multiple ones. And, research has shown that the polypill is effective in improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
But the polypill may cause more side effects than the medications do when they are taken individually. One drawback to the polypill is that medication dosages can't be adjusted as easily as they can be for individual medications. Some of the common side effects of the polypill include cough, muscle aches and stomach irritation.
Rekha Mankad, M.D.
Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission.
Check out these best-sellers and special offers on books and newsletters from Mayo Clinic.
Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization and proceeds from Web advertising help support our mission. Mayo Clinic does not endorse any of the third party products and services advertised.
A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "MayoClinic.org," "Mayo Clinic Healthy Living," and the triple-shield Mayo Clinic logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.