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Is it safe to take over-the-counter cold medicine if you are taking high blood pressure and cholesterol medication?

 

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Associate Clinical Professor, St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
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If you take medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol, there are some cold medicines you want to avoid. Depending on how well your blood pressure is controlled, and the rest of your medical history, it may be best to avoid decongestant medications that contain phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine. These can increase blood pressure and heart rate in some people who are sensitive.

Before taking any over-the-counter cold medicine, you should talk to your pharmacist, who can collect more specific information about you and your medications and make the best recommendation for you.


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