There are many medicines that you'll need to avoid
when you have heart failure. Some are over-the-counter drugs that you can buy
without a prescription. Others are drugs that a doctor may prescribe.
Do not start taking any of the medicines listed in the table below unless
your doctor says it is okay and he or she knows that you have heart failure. If
your heart failure is mild, you may be able to use some of the medicines for a
short time, but it's very important to ask your doctor first.
you are already taking a medicine on the list below, be sure to ask your doctor
or pharmacist if it is okay to take it.
Medicines you may need to avoid
Over-the-counter medicines you may need to avoid (talk to your doctor or pharmacist)
Prescription medicines you may need to avoid (talk to your doctor or pharmacist)
If your doctor has told you to take a
low-dose aspirin every day for your heart problems, it's probably okay to take
it. Low-dose aspirin can help prevent blood clots and may prevent a stroke or a
Some antibiotics may interfere with how
your body uses the medicine digoxin. If you take digoxin, talk with your doctor
before taking antibiotics.
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Primary Medical Reviewer
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Margaret Hetherington, PHM, BsC - Pharmacy
April 26, 2012
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 26, 2012
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