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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Got High Blood Pressure? Find Out What Cold Medicines Could Be DEADLY For You!

Woman With Blood Pressure Taking Cold Medicine

High blood pressure affects one in three Americans. It has a higher incident rate among Blacks. In the U.S., 41 percent of blacks have high blood pressure, compared to 27 percent of whites. The worst news though is that some cold medicines can raise blood pressure causing great danger, and should be used with caution!

What to Avoid

If you have high blood pressure, avoid both decongestants and NSAIDs medications. Decongestants not only interfere with blood pressure medicine but they relieve congestion by making the blood vessels thinner, and this can raise the blood pressure even more. NSAIDs can also interfere with blood pressure medicine and can increase blood pressure by retaining body fluid.

What is Safe

Some of the safest methods of relieving the symptoms of colds and congestion are old home remedies. Drinking plenty of liquids like water and tea will keep you from getting dehydrated, loosens mucus and replaces fluid lost from fever. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables will strengthen the immune system. If you want a decongestant, make sure you read the package or ask your pharmacist for one that is safe to use with blood pressure medicine.

Beware of Nasal Sprays

Use caution also when choosing a nasal spray. Many nasal sprays contain pseudoephedrine which works by con­stricting the blood vessels in the nose and sinuses which helps you breathe better. But, like decongestants, they can also increase blood pressure. A safe alternative is a saline or salt water spray which will give you relief without affecting your blood pressure.

Check With Your Doctor

Always check with your doctor first before taking any over-the-counter decongestants or cold medicines if you have high blood pressure and are taking high blood pressure medicine.
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