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Can I take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) if I'm on blood pressure medication?

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NSAIDs include both prescription and over-the-counter medications. You take them to ease pain or lower inflammation from conditions like arthritis. However, NSAIDs can make your body hold on to fluid and decrease your kidney function. This may boost your blood pressure higher and put greater stress on your heart and kidneys. NSAIDs can also raise your risk for heart attack or stroke, especially in higher doses.

Common NSAIDs that can raise blood pressure include:

�Ibuprofen

�Naproxen

You may also find NSAIDs in over-the-counter cold medicine. Ask your doctor if you can take them. She may be able to recommend alternatives, like using acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen.

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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