Sneezing, coughing, flu like symptoms have been running rampant this time of year and it’s likely you have encountered family members over the holidays with this question. Your grandma can’t stop coughing but she takes two or three high blood pressure medications so you’re in a dilemma as to which cough med to grab at the local drug store. First of all the problem just what is the problem with cough and cold meds in conjunction with anti-hypertensives?
Many cough and cold medications contain NSAIDs to relieve pain. NSAIDs may increase your blood pressure. Cough and cold medicines also frequently contain decongestants. Decongestants can make blood pressure worse in two ways: