Features December 2014 Issue

Beware Medications That Can Raise Your Blood Pressure

A variety of over-the-counter and prescription drugs can put you at risk.

Unless you’ve been warned by your doctor or pharmacist, you may be unaware that a host of common medications may cause your blood pressure to increase. These aren’t drugs specifically designed to increase blood pressure, such as midodrine, which is used to treat chronic low blood pressure. Rather, these are medications as common as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief or corticosteroids to help you breathe easier if you have asthma or bronchitis.“The mechanisms…

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