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Cold medicine and high blood pressure, a dangerous combo

Posted at 1:11 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 15:11:29-05

With cough/cold season upon us, only half of adults with high blood pressure know that some over-the-counter medicines may raise their blood pressure. According to a recent survey of 1,000 adults with high blood pressure, only 27% of those with high blood pressure use cold medicine specifically designed for people with high blood pressure when they are sick.

Each year in the United States, millions of people get the common cold. While over-the-counter cold medications can help relieve some symptoms, it’s important to know how these medications can affect another common condition: high blood pressure, which affects about 1 in 3 adults in the United States. 2

If you have high blood pressure, nasal decongestants in common cold medications may raise your blood pressure and interfere with prescribed blood pressure medications, according to the American Heart Association.[1]

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