The Effects of Decongestants on High Blood Pressure

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Know the risks

According to the CDC guidelines, nearly half of the U.S. adult population (45%) has high blood pressure. If you suffer from high blood pressure, you should know that decongestants may raise your blood pressure and may interfere with the medications you take.

What is the impact of decongestant medicines on blood pressure?

Many over-the-counter cold medicines contain a decongestant that can affect your blood pressure. This can be concerning for people who already have a high blood pressure level.

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Why should high blood pressure sufferers consider cold medicines without decongestants?

If you have high blood pressure, it’s important you choose a cold medicine that’s decongestant-free, like Coricidin® HBP, since decongestants can affect your blood pressure.

Can decongestants affect the efficacy of my blood pressure medication?

Yes. Taking decongestants during a cold may interfere with the effectiveness of your blood pressure medications. It’s important to speak to your doctor or pharmacist about your medications.


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