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Cold Season + Cold Medicines = High Blood Pressure

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Cold weather is definitely here! With tumultuous Cleveland weather comes ailments, sprains, strains and colds. We treat these conditions with physical therapy and OTCs (over-the-counter) medications. OTCs are great for treating the symptoms of the common cold and flu but these viruses are not curable, though highly contagious, and has to run its course.

There are no absolutes with cold medicines since they only treat the symptoms; however, these medications can make blood pressures rise significantly as well as increase heart rate. A lot of cough and cold medicines contain NSAIDs to relieve pain which is what increases blood pressure and prevent high blood pressure drugs from working properly. They also contain decongestants that can also make blood pressure worse.

Keep in mind if you get sick from a cold or flu and have a history of high blood pressure, it is highly advisable to consult your physician first. Be sure to mention all OTC cough/cold medicines to your doctor. Also make sure you read all medications' directions, warnings, and labels of ingredients for safe use prior to purchase.

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