Watch for Commonly Used Meds and Supplements That May Increase Blood Pressure

Patients are often surprised when they learn they're taking meds that can INCREASE blood pressure.

Check for common culprits if patients have new or worsening high BP. Explain that most patients won't have a significant BP increase with these meds...but some could see a 5 to 10 mmHg bump in systolic BP.

NSAIDs. An occasional NSAID is okay in most patients...but advise limiting NSAID dose and duration in patients at high CV risk. Or suggest acetaminophen...or a topical NSAID (diclofenac gel, etc) for local pain.

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