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What should I avoid while taking beta-blockers to help high blood pressure?

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While taking beta-blockers, avoid products with caffeine and alcohol. Don't take cold medicines, antihistamines, or antacids that have aluminum in them.

If you're going to have surgery of any kind (including dental procedures), make sure the doctor knows you're taking a beta-blocker.

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension): Beta blockers."

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

Texas Heart Institute: "Beta-Blockers."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2017

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure (hypertension): Beta blockers."

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

Texas Heart Institute: "Beta-Blockers."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2017

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