High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition where the blood pressure in your arteries is persistently high. This condition can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease, kidney problems and stroke. While there are several risk factors for high blood pressure, including age, family history, and obesity, certain drugs and supplements can also contribute to this condition. In this article, According to Mayo Clinic, we will discuss drugs and supplements that may cause you to have high blood pressure.
1. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are commonly used to treat pain and inflammation. However, these medications can raise blood pressure, especially in people who already have hypertension.
2. Decongestants: Decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine, are used to treat nasal congestion. These medications can raise blood pressure by constricting blood vessels.
3. Oral contraceptives: Oral contraceptives, also known as birth control pills, contain estrogen and progestin. These hormones can raise blood pressure, especially in women who are overweight or have a family history of high blood pressure.
4. Stimulants: Stimulants, such as amphetamines and cocaine, can raise blood pressure by increasing heart rate and constricting blood vessels. If you use stimulants and have high blood pressure, talk to your healthcare provider about ways to quit or reduce your use.
5. Herbal supplements: Some herbal supplements, can raise blood pressure. If you use herbal supplements and have high blood pressure, talk to your healthcare provider about safe alternatives.
6. Certain antidepressants: Some antidepressants, such as can raise blood pressure. If you are taking an antidepressant and have high blood pressure, talk to your healthcare provider about alternative treatments.
7. Certain migraine medications: Some migraine medications, such as ergotamine and triptans, can raise blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure and suffer from migraines, talk to your healthcare provider about alternative treatments.
If you have high blood pressure or are at risk of developing it, it's important to talk to your healthcare provider about all the medications and supplements you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements. Your healthcare provider can help you find safe alternatives or adjust your treatment plan to help manage your blood pressure.
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