Some drugs interact with hypertension meds or even make the condition worse.
Before reaching for over-the-counter meds to treat the common cold, be aware of their side-effects. Some medicines can actually raise blood pressure. Moreover, for people already hypertensive, certain drugs can cause their blood pressure to rise to dangerous levels. Some medications may also interact with blood pressure drugs, preventing either drug from working properly.
The following common types of drugs can make hypertension worse:
Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (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 make the body retain fluid and decrease kidney function. This may cause blood pressure to rise even higher, putting greater stress on the heart and kidneys. Common NSAIDs that can raise blood pressure include: Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin); Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn); and over the counter cough and cold medicines that include NSAIDs.
such as those included in many cough and cold medications may also cause blood pressure and heart rate to rise or prevent blood pressure medication from working correctly. Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) is a good example.
Some migraine and headache medications work by tightening blood vessels in the head. This relieves migraine pain, but constricts blood vessels throughout your body, causing blood pressure to spike to potentially to dangerous levels.
Some weight loss drugs, such as appetite suppressants, may aggravate heart disease by boosting the metabolism to burn calories. This can make blood pressure rise and put stress on the heart.
To avoid these side-effects people should consult a doctor before taking any medications ― especially if they are taking anti-hypertensives and especially if medications are available over-the-counter. There are usually alternative treatments to harmful medicines such as herbal preparations. Many conditions can also be treated through changes in lifestyle and diet.
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