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High Blood Pressure and Cold Remedies: Which Are Safe?

Are over-the-counter cold remedies safe for people who have high blood pressure? Answer From Sheldon G. Sheps, M.D. Over-the-counter cold remedies aren't off-limits if you have high blood pressure, but it's important to make careful choices. Among over-the-counter cold remedies, decongestants cause the most concern for people who have high blood pressure. Decongestants relieve nasal […]

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Blood Pressure Medications Recalled for Potentially ‘Life-Threatening’ Labeling Mistake

One lot of hydrochlorothiazide, a medication used to treat high blood pressure, was voluntarily recalled after the manufacturer received a report that it did not contain the correct medication and, in fact, contained a different medication that may pose serious health consequences to those who take it accidentally. The issue was discovered when a pharmacy […]

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Common Blood Pressure Medications Containing Valsartan Recalled Over 'Impurity' Concerns

Several valsartan-containing drugs, which are commonly used to treat high blood pressure, have been recalled over contamination fears, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced late last week. Specifically, the medications were tainted with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a compound that's been linked to cancer, the FDA said in a statement. As a result, three companies—Major Pharmaceuticals, […]