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High blood pressure what kind of cold medicine should i take?

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Dr. Philip Miller answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Fluids/tylenol: non-sedating antihistamine: avoid all decongestant and decongestant cough medications since they can raise your BP. I suggest zinc losenges ( Cold-Eze) and dark brown honey, hot steam showers and force the fluids.

Answered 8/21/2014

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Dr. Julie Abbott answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

Avoid decongestants: Decongestant OTC cold remedies cause the most concern. Avoid products that contain pseudoephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) ephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) phenylephrine, naphazoline and oxymetazoline. Look for labels which indicate "safe for hypertension" patients. Simple acetominophen may help, as will a saline nasal spray. Gargle with warm salt water or drink warm water with lemon and honey. Stay hydrated. Increase home humidity. REST!

Answered 8/21/2014

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