Tel Aviv: Beware of
painkillers - they could be spiking your blood pressure (BP)
levels even without doctors suspecting the actual cause, a study
Many common over-the-counter medications are underlying causes of
hypertension, a major risk factor for stroke, heart attack, and
aneurisms, said Ehud Grossman, professor of medicine at the Tel
Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine.
Such drugs include contraceptive pills, various anti-depressants,
anti-inflammatory pills to control pain and bacterial antibiotics,
added Grossman, the American Journal of Medicine reported.
Though high BP is a known side-effect of many of these drugs,
doctors do not always account for them in their treatment plans,
and they don't inform patients of their potential risks, according
to a university statement.
While many medications can cause hypertension (high BP), both
patients and doctors remain dangerously uninformed, "In diagnosing
the causes of hypertension, over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen
are often overlooked," said Grossman.
Patients often assume that because a medication can be obtained
without a prescription, it's relatively harmless. But that's not
always the case, concluded Grossman.