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How can cough and cold medications cause high blood pressure?

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Many cough and cold medications contain NSAIDs to relieve pain. These can raise your blood pressure. Cough and cold medications also frequently contain decongestants. Decongestants can make blood pressure worse two ways:

  • Decongestants may make your blood pressure and heart rate rise.
  • Decongestants may prevent your blood pressure medication from working properly.
  • Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) is a specific decongestant that can increase blood pressure.

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 6, 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 6, 2019

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