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Can you take over-the-counter drugs with heart failure medication?

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Do not take any over-the-counter drugs or herbal therapies unless you ask your doctor first. Some drugs such as antacids, salt substitutes, antihistamines (including Benadryl and Dimetapp), and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory agents, called NSAIDS for short (such as Advil, Motrin, and Indocin), can worsen heart failure symptoms.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "How Can I Live With Heart Failure?" and "Heart Failure Medications."

MedlinePlus: "Heart failure - Medicines."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure."

 

 

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "How Can I Live With Heart Failure?" and "Heart Failure Medications."

MedlinePlus: "Heart failure - Medicines."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure."

 

 

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

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