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If you have heart failure, you need to be extra careful with medicines. Some can make your heart failure worse. Other medicines may not mix well with your heart failure drugs.
This Actionset will help you learn which medicines you may need to avoid and what questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Talk to your doctor or a pharmacist. Show him or her a list of all the medicines you take.
It's important to keep an up-to-date list of your medicines. Here are some tips:
What if you need to take a medicine that can make heart failure worse? Here are some things you can do:
Call your doctor if you have new or changed symptoms, such as:
Pain relievers called NSAIDs
Cold, cough, flu, or sinus medicines
Antacids or laxatives that contain sodium
Many prescription medicines do not mix well with heart medicines, and others can make heart failure worse. A few examples are listed here.
Some pain medicines can make heart failure worse. Examples include:
Calcium channel blockers
Certain diabetes medicines
Other Works ConsultedPage RL, et al. (2016). Drugs that may cause or exacerbate heart failure: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 134(6): e32-e69. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000426. Accessed July 22, 2016.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMargaret Hetherington, RPh - Pharmacy
Current as ofDecember 6, 2017
Current as of: December 6, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Margaret Hetherington, RPh - Pharmacy
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