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Read the labels! This is especially important if your blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg or greater. Look for warnings about high blood pressure. And if you have high blood pressure (and certainly if you’re taking prescription medication for it) talk to your healthcare professional before taking any over-the-counter medications or supplements.
Don't fall for “magic pill” claims. There are no special pills, vitamins or drinks that can substitute for prescriptions and lifestyle modifications. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking any OTC drug or supplement that claims to lower your blood pressure. They may not work as advertised, and they could interfere with other medications
If you are a heart disease patient, you might be most concerned about your prescription drugs, but it is also a good idea to carefully read labels for any over-the-counter (OTC) medications that you use and to consult your doctor about any vitamin or herbal supplements you take. You will want to read OTC medication labels to find out how much to take and when. You will also want to be sure the medication is safe to use with any other medications that you take and will not worsen any conditions you have. For example, if you are a cardiovascular disease patient, you might have high blood pressure. Some OTC medications, such as decongestants (commonly taken for colds and allergies), can raise blood pressure. Reading package labels and inserts can help you know if the cold remedy or other medication is safe to use. And as always, if you have any questions at all, you should talk immediately with your pharmacist or physician.
Be sure to tell your doctor of all medications your are taking which includes any over the counter items.
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