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Dr.Armughan Riaz
M.B.B.S, Dip Card
Consultant Cardiologist


Avoid these drugs when you have high blood pressure

Avoid these drugs when you have high blood pressure. What are drug Interactions for high blood pressure medicine.

Avoid these drugs when you have high blood pressure

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

Migraine Headache Medications
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 headaches.

Non-steroidal 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.

Common NSAIDs include:

Aspirin ( Disprin )
Ibuprofen (Brufen)
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 blood pressure.

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 Medicine:
Weight loss medications may make blood pressure worse:

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 heart. 
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 good.


Here are some more tips for Avoiding Medication Problems

When you visit your doctor, Give a list of every medicine you use, both prescription and over-the-counter, to every doctor you visit.
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.


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