The Effects of Decongestants on High Blood Pressure

Know the Risks

With the new ACC/AHA hypertension guidelines, nearly half of the U.S. adult population (46%) 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 to manage it.

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What is the impact of decongestant medicines on blood pressure?

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

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. It safely and effectively treats cold and flu symptoms without raising your blood pressure.

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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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