Avoid these drugs when you have high blood
When you take medication for
high blood pressure (hypertension) you must be sure that your medication is working effectively to
lower your blood pressure. You can get this goal by avoiding some medicines. What kinds of side
effects might medicine cause?
What are drug Interactions for
high blood pressure medicine?
Some medicines can make blood pressure rise. If you have high blood
pressure (hypertension) to begin with, it can rise to dangerous levels even if you are taking some
antihypertensive drugs aswell.
Some medications may interact with your blood pressure medicine. This
can prevent either medicine from working properly, these may enhance or reduce funtion of high
blood pressure medicine.
common types of medicines that can make your high
blood pressure worse
Some migraine drugs work by tightening blood vessels in your head.
This relieves migraine pain. However, the medication also constricts blood vessels throughout your
body. This may increase your blood pressure.If you have high blood pressure (hypertension) or any
other type of heart disease, talk with your physician before taking drugs for migraines or severe
Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs, They are often used to relieve pain or reduce inflammation
from conditions such as arthritis. How these drugs increase blood pressure,NSAIDs can make your
body retain fluid and decrease the function of your kidneys. This may cause your blood pressure to
rise even higher, putting greater stress on your heart and kidneys.
Aspirin ( Disprin )
Naproxen Na (Synflex)
NSAIDs may also be included in
over-the-counter medication for other health problems. Medicine for cold and flu, for example,
often contains NSAIDs. It's a good idea whenever you purchase an over-the-counter medicine 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 instead of ibuprofen, such as using acetaminophen. Similarly
many cough medications specially syrps contain NSAIDs to relieve pain. NSAIDs may increase your
Decongestants can also increase blood pressure
Decongestants may make your blood pressure as they cause
vasoconstriction and heart rate rise. So you should avoid using cough and cold medicine that
contains NSAIDs or decongestants. Ask your doctor for suggestions about other ways to ease symptoms
of cold, flu, or sinus problems like steam inhalation, nebulization etc.
Weight loss medications may make blood pressure
Meridia (sibutramine) can
increase your blood pressure and heart rate. Although it usually rises only a little, this can
be dangerous if you already have high blood pressure (hypertension) or other heart disease.
Appetite suppressants can make blood pressure rise and put more stress on your
Before using any weight loss medication or Appetite suppressants, be
sure to check with your doctor or physician. These medications may cause you more harm than
Here are some more tips for Avoiding Medication
When you visit your doctor,
Give a list of every medicine you use, both prescription and over-the-counter, to every doctor you
Make sure the medicine doesn't contain ingredients that could make
your high blood pressure worse, such as NSAIDs or decongestants. Read medication labels before
buying over-the-counter preparations
Talk to your doctor before using any over-the-counter medication,
nutritional supplements, herbal preparation, vitamins etc Ask for alternatives to potentially
harmful medicine and drugs.