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Heart Failure: Avoiding Medicines That Make Symptoms Worse

If you have heart failure, you need to be extra careful with medicines. Some can make your heart failure worse. Other medicines may not mix well with your heart failure drugs.

This Actionset will help you learn which medicines you may need to avoid and what questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Each time you see a doctor, make sure he or she knows that you take medicines for heart failure.
  • Before you fill any new prescription, tell the pharmacist that you have heart failure. Ask if it's okay to take the new prescription medicine.
  • Before you take any over-the-counter medicine, such as a cold or flu remedy, ask your doctor or a pharmacist if it is safe to take it with your heart failure medicines.
  • Tell each doctor about all the other medicines you take. This includes over-the-counter medicines, such as cold and flu remedies, herbal products, and natural supplements and vitamins. Take a list of your medicines or bring your medicines to each doctor's appointment.
  • Whether or not some medicines will make your heart failure worse depends on how severe your heart failure is. It also depends on what type of heart failure you have.

what.gif What medicines can make heart failure worse?
why.gif Why may you need to avoid certain medicines?
how.gif How do you know if your other medicines are safe to take with your heart failure medicines?
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Citations

  1. Kaul S, et al. (2010). Thiazolidinedione drugs and cardiovascular risks: A science advisory from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Foundation. Circulation, 121(16): 1868–1877.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Specialist Medical ReviewerMargaret Hetherington, PHM, BsC - Pharmacy
Last RevisedApril 26, 2012

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Last Updated: April 26, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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