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
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
- 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.
How do you know if your other medicines are safe to take with your heart failure medicines?