High Blood Pressure

Are Medicines Raising Your Blood Pressure?

Amidst various other causes, medications too can be a potential cause of high blood pressure. There are some medications that can cause your blood pressure to rise. Some of these medicines may even prevent your blood pressure from working properly which can lead to an increase in blood pressure levels. Here are some of the common medicines that can raise your blood pressure.

Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs, also known as NSAIDs are typically used as pain relievers. These medicines are also used to treat inflammation associated with various problems. Both prescription as well as over the counter NSAIDs can be the cause of high blood pressure.

These medicines cause your body to retain fluid ad also impair the functioning of the kidney. This puts a greater stress on the kidneys and heart and causes your blood pressure to elevate. Some common NSAIDs that may cause an increase in blood pressure include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.

Weight loss medications
This is yet another category that can lead to an increase in blood pressure. Most of the weight loss pills available in the market work as appetite suppressants. These appetite suppressants 'rev' up the body, which means an increase in pressure on your heart and subsequently elevated blood pressure. Meridia is one weight loss medication that can cause an increase in blood pressure levels.

Migraine medications
Amidst other medications that can cause your blood pressure to rise, this one poses the maximum risk. Migraine medications work by tightening the blood vessels in the head. These medicines cause constriction of blood vessels through out the body which results in increased blood pressure.

Cough and cold medications
Several cough and cold medications available in the market may also be the cause of your increased blood pressure. Most of these medicines contain NSAIDs, which are known to elevate blood pressure.

Further on, cough and cold medications also contain decongestants. These decongestants are known to make the heart rate and the blood pressure rise. Also, they hamper the functioning of blood pressure medication which can lead to further increase in blood pressure. Thus, make sure that you choose a cough and cold medication carefully if you are suffering from high blood pressure.

Contraceptives
Obese women who are taking contraceptives are also more prone to the problem of high blood pressure. Contraceptives can be even more responsible for elevating blood pressure if you have a family history of high blood pressure.

Others
Besides these common categories of medicines, there are several other medications as well that can raise your blood pressure. Some of these include steroids, tricyclic antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibtors, erythropoietin and cyclosporine.