25 October, 2015    #60

High Blood Pressure & Drug Safety

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To make sure your medication for High Blood Pressure or hypertension is working effectively, avoid certain other drugs because:

Some drugs can increase your BP to dangerous levels, especially if you already have HBP.

Some drugs may interact and with your BP medication, preventing either drug from working properly.

Here are common drugs that can increase your blood pressure (BP).


Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or NSAIDs include both prescription and over-the-counter medication. They are often used to relieve pain or reduce inflammation from conditions such as arthritis.


However, NSAIDs can cause your body retain fluid and decrease the function of your kidneys. This may cause your BP to increase, putting greater stress on your heart and kidneys.


NSAIDs can also increase the risk for heart attack or stroke, especially in higher doses.


Common NSAIDs that can raise blood pressure include:


Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)

You may also find NSAIDs in over-the-counter medication for other health problems. Cold medicine, for example, often contains NSAIDs. It's a good idea whenever you purchase an over-the-counter drug to check the label for NSAIDs.


Ask your doctor if any NSAID is okay for you to use. Your doctor may be able to recommend alternatives, such as acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen.


Be Careful in the Pharmacy!


Mike Kohut, President, DDMS




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