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Can I take cough and cold medicine if I'm on blood pressure medication?

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Many products contain NSAIDs to relieve pain. They often have decongestants, like pseudoephedrine, which can raise blood pressure in two ways:

�Boost your blood pressure and heart rate.

�Prevent your blood pressure medication from working properly.

Skip cough and cold medicine that have NSAIDs or decongestants, especially pseudoephedrine. This will help keep your blood pressure even. Ask your doctor about other ways to ease congestion symptoms, like antihistamines or nasal sprays.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

The Harvard Medical School Family Heath Guide: "Don't Let Decongestants Squeeze Your Heart."

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 06, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

The Harvard Medical School Family Heath Guide: "Don't Let Decongestants Squeeze Your Heart."

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 06, 2019

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