As we get older, most of us experience a rise in blood pressure. That problem can worsen depending on medication you may be taking for other medical concerns – and that medication doesn’t have to be by prescription!
Ibuprofen and naproxen, two widely-taken over-the-counter drugs as anti0inflammatories, can actually raise blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke. The list of non-prescription medications that may increase your risk of heart disease also includes products for coughs, cold and flu.
If you’re taking 5 or more prescription medications, there also an increased risk that various drug interactions could be harmful to the health of your heart.
As always, consult with your doctor and/or pharmacist as they should have the latest information and can advise you regarding your own particular situation.