Some medications can increase the risk of high blood pressure
A special interview by our Nagaland correspondent with Dr James from Liserk clinic in Dimapur
We need to avoid certain drugs to make sure that our high blood pressure medication works effectively. To begin with, some medicines can make blood pressure rise to dangerous levels if you have high blood pressure. While taking your blood pressure medications, if you take different medications without researching their effects, it may interact with your blood pressure medicine preventing either drug from working properly.
It is very crucial to avoid or know about the medicines you take when you are under treatment for high blood pressure. According to a medical review by Dr. James, MD, from Liserk clinic Dimapur, some common types of drugs that can make your high blood pressure worse are " Cough and Cold Medications, migraine and headache medications and weight loss drugs.
The main ingredient in many coughs and cold medications contains NSAIDs which relieves pain. This can increase your blood pressure to a dangerous level. Another main ingredient in cough and cold medications contain decongestants which can make blood pressure worse in three ways:
• It can increase your blood pressure and heart rate.
If you have high blood pressure or any other type of heart disease, it is best to consult your doctor before taking any drug for migraine or headaches.• Decongestants can prevent blood pressure medicines from working properly.
• Pseudoephedrine which is a specific decongestant can also increase blood pressure.
If you have high blood pressure or any other type of heart disease, it is best to consult your doctor before taking any drug for migraine or headaches. This can help avoid the risk of an increase in blood pressure and other heart-related issues. Also, some migraine medications work by tightening the blood vessel in your head. This relieves migraine but it also constricts blood vessels throughout the body making your blood pressure rise to dangerous levels.
Weight Loss Drugs can make your blood pressure rise and make your heart disease even worse. Appetite suppressants tend to "rev" up your body putting more stress to your heart. Before using any weight loss Drugs, if you have blood pressure issues, it is best to consult your doctor and avoid over the counter prescription medications. Also, the best thing to do to lose weight is to exercise and work out regularly rather than depend on medicines which can have a long term effect on the body.
The best thing to do in order to avoid medication problems is to make sure that they are safe to use for those who have high blood pressure. Giving a list of all the medicines you use to every doctor you visit can help reduce the risk of side effects. It is also really important to read medicine labels before purchasing them while making sure that the medicine doesn't contain ingredients that can make your high blood pressure worse, such as decongestants and NSAIDs. Always consult your doctor before using any medications, herbal preparation, vitamins or other supplements.
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