Does Ibuprofen Raise Blood Pressure?
Written by Eli Ben-YehudaOn March 1, 2020
I believe the best blogs are written by people who can share there experience hence I am sharing my own experience with Ibuprofen. I began researching the dangers of high blood pressure and pain medications, specifically Ibuprofen.
None of us like pain. We run from it and will do almost anything to avoid it. But in choosing a pain medication we must be educated consumers.
A few years ago I underwent a total knee replacement. Actually two. I can honestly tell you it had been a very painful recovery. I had been taking Ibuprofen 600 mg daily to help me with my recovery. During that time my blood pressure had skyrocketed to 197/105 my wife called my sister-in-law who is a cardiac nurse. The first thing she told her was to stop all Ibuprofen.
Does ibuprofen raise blood pressure?
Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
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 your body retain fluid and decrease the function of your kidney. This may cause your blood pressure to rise even higher, putting greater stress on your heart and kidneys. NSAIDs can also raise your risk for heart attack or stroke, especially in higher doses.
Common NSAIDs that can raise blood pressure include:
- celecoxib (Celebrex)
- diclofenac (Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren-XR, Zipsor, Zorvolex)
- diflunisal (Dolobid – discontinued brand)
- etodolac (Lodine – discontinued brand)
- ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
- indomethacin (Indocin)
- ketoprofen (Active-Ketoprofen [Orudis – discontinued brand])
- ketorolac (Toradol – discontinued brand)
- nabumetone (Relafen – discontinued brand)
- naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn)
- oxaprozin (Daypro)
- piroxicam (Feldene)
- salsalate (Disalsate [Amigesic – discontinued brand])
- sulindac (Clinoril – discontinued brand)
- tolmetin (Tolectin – discontinued brand)
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 using acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen.
So how is my blood pressure without Ibuprofen?
Since stopping ibuprofen, and using my RESPeRATE my pressure has dropped to a very safe area. With the stopping of using pain medication and starting a more healthy lifestyle my pressure has dropped to 110/70 at times.
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