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    Everyday Pain Relief: High Blood Pressure

    Many common over-the-counter drugs taken for pain can push your high blood pressure even higher. Here's what you need to know.

    The Pros and Cons of Pain Relief Drugs continued...

    IBUPROFEN
    Advil, Motrin IB, Nuprin

    • How it works. Like all NSAIDs, ibuprofen blocks the effects of chemicals that increase the feeling of pain.

    • Benefits. Ibuprofen can lower fevers, ease pain, and reduce inflammation.

    • Side effects and risks. You should not use ibuprofen if you have high blood pressure, unless your doctor has explicitly told you that you can. Ibuprofen can also impair the effectiveness of common blood pressure medicines like ace inhibitors (such as Lotensin, Capoten, and Vasotec) and beta blockers (such as Coreg, Lopressor, and Corgard.)

      Ibuprofen can cause heartburn, upset stomach, pain, and ulcers. It may also increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The FDA now requires that drug companies highlight ibuprofen's potential risks. This drug isn't safe during the last three months of pregnancy.

      Some people are allergic to ibuprofen and other NSAIDs. It can cause hives and facial swelling. It can be dangerous to some people with asthma. In some cases, ibuprofen can slow down the body's natural healing process.

    KETOPROFEN
    Actron, Orudis KT

    • How it works. Ketoprofen blocks the effects of chemicals that increase the feeling of pain.

    • Benefits. Ketoprofen can lower fevers, ease pain, and reduce inflammation.

    • Side effects and risks. Do not use ketoprofen if you have high blood pressure, unless your health care provider has told you that it's safe. Ketoprofen can also impair the effectiveness of common blood pressure medicines like ace inhibitors (such as Lotensin, Capoten, and Vasotec) and beta blockers (such as Coreg, Lopressor, and Corgard.)

      Ketoprofen can cause heartburn, upset stomach, pain, and ulcers. It may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The FDA requires that companies that sell ketoprofen highlight these risks. This drug isn't safe during the last three months of pregnancy.

      Some people are allergic to ketoprofen and other NSAIDs. It can cause hives and facial swelling. It can be dangerous to some people with asthma. In some cases, ketoprofen can slow down the body's natural healing process.

    NAPROXEN
    Aleve

    • How it works. Naproxen sodium blocks the effects of chemicals that increase the feeling of pain.

    • Benefits. Naproxen sodium can lower fevers, ease pain, and reduce inflammation.

    • Side effects and risks. Do not use naproxen sodium if you have high blood pressure, unless your doctor has said that it's safe. Naproxen sodium can also impair the effectiveness of common blood pressure medicines like ace inhibitors (such as Lotensin, Capoten, and Vasotec) and beta blockers (such as Coreg, Lopressor, and Corgard.)

      A recent study seems to show a link between naproxen sodium and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. More research needs to be done before doctors know for sure. For now, ask your health care provider for advice.

      Naproxen sodium can cause heartburn, upset stomach, pain, or ulcers. The FDA requires that companies that sell naproxen sodium highlight these risks. This drug isn't safe during the last three months of pregnancy.

      Some people are allergic to naproxen sodium and other NSAIDs. It can cause hives and facial swelling. It can be dangerous to some people with asthma. In some cases, naproxen sodium can slow down the body's natural healing process.

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