If you take medicine for heart disease, you may need to avoid certain drugs that are used for other conditions. Some may cause your blood pressure to go up. Others can keep your heart medication from working the way it should.
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs can make your body hold onto fluid and can affect how well your kidneys work. This may raise your blood pressure.
Some common NSAIDs are:
Some other over-the-counter meds may have NSAIDs on their ingredient list. So always check labels carefully.
Cough and Cold Medications
- Your blood pressure and heart rate may go up.
- The meds may prevent your heart disease medicine from working right.
Some medicines that treat migraines work by tightening blood vessels in your head. This eases your pain, but it also narrows blood vessels throughout your body. It could make your blood pressure rise, perhaps even to dangerous levels.
Weight Loss Medications
Appetite suppressants tend to "rev" up your body. This can make your blood pressure rise and put more stress on your heart.
Other weight loss medications can cause problems with your heart valves.
Always check with your doctor before you use any weight loss medications.
More Tips for Avoiding Medication Problems
Be sure any drugs you choose to use are safe for people who have heart disease. These suggestions can help:
- Give a list of all the medications you use, both prescription and over-the-counter, to every doctor you visit.
- Read labels before you buy over-the-counter medicine. Make sure it doesn't have ingredients that could make your heart disease worse.
- Talk to your doctor before you take any over-the-counter medication, herbal preparation, vitamins or other nutritional supplements.