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NSAIDs and high blood pressure medications

If you take medicine for high blood pressure, be sure to tell your doctor if you are also taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), either by prescription or nonprescription. Some of these medications may reduce the effectiveness of your blood pressure medication. They can also cause high blood pressure.1

NSAIDs relieve pain and reduce swelling and inflammation. They are often used to treat arthritis and other painful conditions. Examples of NSAIDs include:

Do not stop taking any prescription medication without first talking to your doctor.


  1. Curhan GC, et al. (2002). Frequency of analgesic use and risk of hypertension in younger women. Archives of Internal Medicine, 162(19): 2204-2208.

Author Robin Parks, MS
Editor Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Associate Editor Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Specialist Medical Reviewer Ruth Schneider, MPH, RD - Diet and Nutrition
Last Updated April 24, 2007

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Last Updated: April 24, 2007
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