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What are common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that can cause high blood pressure problems?

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NSAIDs come in both prescription and over-the-counter varieties. They are often used to relieve pain or reduce inflammation but also can make your blood pressure go up. Common NSAIDs include:

Cold medicine often contains NSAIDs. It's a good idea whenever you purchase an over-the-counter drug to check the label for NSAIDs. Ask your doctor if any NSAID is OK for you to use. Your doctor may be able to recommend alternatives, such as using acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen.

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen

From: High Blood Pressure and Drug Safety WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines." American Heart Association: "Cold and Flu Medication for People with High Blood Pressure," "Drug Interactions and Side Effects," "Possible Side Effects of Drugs That Lower Blood Pressure," "Quick Reference Medication Table," and "Tips for Medication Safety." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use: What You Can Do." National Library of Medicine Medical Encyclopedia: "Pain Medications, Drug Information." WebMD: "Migraine Headaches: Topic Overview." National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Weight-control Information Network: "Prescription Medicines for the Treatment of Obesity." CNN Interactive: "Study warns against migraine medication for heart disease patients."





Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 05, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines." American Heart Association: "Cold and Flu Medication for People with High Blood Pressure," "Drug Interactions and Side Effects," "Possible Side Effects of Drugs That Lower Blood Pressure," "Quick Reference Medication Table," and "Tips for Medication Safety." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use: What You Can Do." National Library of Medicine Medical Encyclopedia: "Pain Medications, Drug Information." WebMD: "Migraine Headaches: Topic Overview." National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Weight-control Information Network: "Prescription Medicines for the Treatment of Obesity." CNN Interactive: "Study warns against migraine medication for heart disease patients."





Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 05, 2018

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