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Cough Medicine For Diabetics With High Blood Pressure

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Are Over-the-counter Cold Remedies Safe For People Who Have High Blood Pressure?

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 stuffiness by narrowing blood vessels and reducing swelling in the nose. This narrowing can affect other blood vessels as well, which can increase blood pressure. To keep your blood pressure in check, avoid over-the-counter decongestants and multisymptom cold remedies that contain decongestants — such as pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, phenylephrine, naphazoline and oxymetazoline. Instead: Choose a cold medication designed for people who have high blood pressure. Some cold medications, such as Coricidin HBP, don't contain decongestants. However, these medications may contain other powerful drugs, such as dextromethorphan, that can be dangerous if you take too much. Follow the dosing instructions carefully. Take a pain reliever. To relieve a fever, sore throat or headache or body aches, try aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Use saline nasal spray. To relieve nasal congestion, try saline nasal spray. The spray Continue reading >>

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  1. Kaiyle

    Nagging Dry Cough

    Does anyone else have nagging dry coughs? I've never had problems like this before the diabetes. I drink plenty of water and when the coughs come on, I grab a vitamin C drop which helps quiet it down. These dry coughs hit me sporadically and at the most inconvenient times. I would go a spell before it happens but now it's happening more often. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can remedy this problem for good?!!!

  2. msann

    yes having that problem now runny nose and nagging cough but he going to have to change my bp pills my pills are one of the side effects

  3. Anonymous

    I have been a diabetic for over 10 yrs I have this dry cough and its annoying can u help please

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