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Over-the-Counter Medications and High Blood Pressure

02/03/2015

Cold and flu season is upon us, causing many people to visit their pharmacies in search of over-the-counter (OTC) remedies to help relieve their symptoms. It is recommended that everyone, especially those with high blood pressure, check with a doctor or pharmacist to ensure that their OTC medications do not interact with prescription medications or medical conditions.

Certain cough, cold, and flu medications contain ingredients that may raise blood pressure, increase your heart rate, and/or impact the effectiveness of the blood pressure medications you are taking. It is important to speak with your health care provider before taking OTC decongestants or multi-symptom relief combination remedies.

For more information about cold and flu medications and high blood pressure, consider talking to your local pharmacist. Pharmacists at Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacies at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Livingston; Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville; Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City; Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch; and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark are also available to answer any questions you may have. To speak to a pharmacist at any of these locations, call:

  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center: 973-322-7315
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Clara Maass Medical Center: 973-450-2581
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Jersey City Medical Center: 201-915-2166
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Monmouth Medical Center: 732-923-6111
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center: 973-926-7422
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Saint Barnabas Medical Center: 973-322-2445
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