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Caution: Drugs and supplements that may cause increased blood pressure.

Be aware that the usage of some drugs and supplements aimed at treating some kind of sicknesses may also have the tendency to increase your blood pressure. Care must therefore be exercised when taking medications such as the following.

1. Headache medications

Some medications intended to treat headaches and migraines can also elevate blood pressure. It's therefore advisable to consult your doctor or visit the clinic before taking any drugs to treat your headache or migraine.

2. Cough medications

Cough medications often contain NSAIDs(nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and many also contain decongestants. Decongestants can make your blood pressure and heart rate rise.

Examples of decongestants include:

* Phenylephrine ( Neo-synephrine)

* Pseudoephedrine ( Sudafed)

3. Pain medications

NSAIDs, both prescription or over-the-counter versions, can increase blood pressure by making your body retain fluid, thereby decreasing the function of your kidneys.

Common used NSAIDs that can cause increased blood pressure include the following:

* Ibuprofen ( e.g. Advil)

* Naproxen ( Anaprox, Aleve).

* Indomethacin ( e.g. Indocin)

4. Antidepressants

Antidepressants contain chemicals that can cause a rise in your blood pressure. Antidepressants that have blood pressure raising effects include:

* Fluoxetine * Monoamine * Venlafaxine

It's advised that you have your blood pressure checked regularly if you are taking antidepressants.

5. Herbal supplements

It's always wise to inform your doctor or perhaps go to the hospital if you are taking any herbal supplements. This is especially important if you have high blood pressure. Be aware that some supplements result in high blood pressure or interfere with your BP medications.

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