Having heart disease requires that you live to avoid various unhealthy foods, for example fatty foods and high in salt, and leave behind various bad habits - like smoking. But apparently not only those two things that you must avoid. You must avoid some medications to maintain your heart health. Because these drugs can interact with your heart disease medication so that it may cause dangerous side effects. What are those?
List of drugs that can interact with a doctor's prescription heart disease
Medication for heart disease is prescribed by a doctor based on the condition and severity. For example, Heparin is used to prevent complications after a heart attack; high blood pressure drugs, such as ACE inhibitors, diuretics, Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB), beta blockers, aldosterone, and inotropics; until aspirin and statins reduce cholesterol.
Here is a list of drugs that might cause dangerous side effects if taken with the heart disease medication above - or those not listed.
1. NSAID pain reliever
NSAIDs are painkillers that are commonly used to treat pain due to sprains /headaches /migraine /rheumatism, also relieve fever. The most commonly used NSAIDs are aspirin and ibuprofen. These drugs are usually found at local pharmacies and can be purchased without a prescription.
This drug is not recommended for consumption along with heart disease drugs because it can increase blood pressure and make the heart work harder. As a result, you can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke when using NSAIDs for a long time when you have active heart disease. NSAIDs should also not be used right before or after heart bypass surgery (CABG).
It is recommended to take alternative drugs such as paracetamol (Panadol 500 g) rather than ibuprofen. If your doctor prescribes you aspirin as a medicine for your heart disease, make sure to consume it with the right dose and do not stop /reduce the dose without the doctor's knowledge.
Corticosteroids are used to treat complaints of swollen skin, itching, redness due to allergic reactions; flu; aches; allergic asthma; red eye (allergic conjunctivitis); autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus; recovery of organ transplants; brain swelling, and much more.
High-dose corticosteroids are not recommended for consumption along with heart disease drugs because they can cause irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and increase blood pressure.
Decongestants are a type of medicine commonly used to relieve coughs and flu. However, in the decongestant there may be a content of pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, ephedrine which has the side effects of increasing blood pressure and heart palpitations for people with heart disease.
4. Medication for constipation (laxative)
Laxatives to treat constipation can cause dehydration which can disrupt the body's electrolyte balance. Electrolyte imbalances can cause heartbeat to become irregular.
5. Antidepressant medication
Tricyclic antidepressant drug interactions with heart disease drugs such as epinephrine (Epi-Pen) and cimetidine (Tagamet) can increase blood pressure and disrupt heart rhythms.
For people with heart disease it is recommended to consult a doctor before taking drugs to cure other diseases, and use the drug in the right dose. Make it a habit to read the content label on the drug before consumption, and for people with the disease can also make a list of drugs that should be avoided so as not to aggravate your heart condition.
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