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Did you know…herbs and supplements can change how well your high blood pressure medications work?

When taking high blood pressure (hypertension) medications with herbs and supplements the way the drug works can change. Be sure to always discuss herbal remedies or supplements with a doctor or health care provider before taking them while also taking prescription medications. Below are some examples of the most common contraindications (things that could happen) when mixing herbs or supplements with high blood pressure medications:

 HERBS TO AVOID

 TYPE OF DRUG

 EFFECT

 Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor
(ACE Inhibitor)

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 Eating too many hot peppers or using capsaicin cream on your skin may worsen side effects such as coughing associated with ACE inhibitors.
 All high blood pressure (hypertension) medications

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Barberry may add to the effects of these drugs, causing weakness and dizziness. Do not use barberry if you take blood pressure medications.
 
Diuretics

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Burdock could make these drugs stronger, making you become dehydrated
 Beta blockers

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Caffeine, even from green tea, may increase blood pressure  in people taking high blood pressure medications. It can also cause irregular heart beat in people taking beta blockers.
 Diuretics

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Celery seed also has a diuretic effect and could make these medications stronger, causing increased urination.
 High blood pressure medications

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Ginkgo may lower your blood pressure. For that reason, if you take medication to lower your blood pressure, you should ask your doctor before also taking ginkgo.
 Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

Diuretics

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Using or eating licorice products while taking these medications can cause the medication to not work as well as it should or worsen the side effects associated with the medication.
 Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

Coming soon--PDF chart with examples of ACE inhibitors

 The ACE inhibitor might not work as well as it should if you are also using, eating or taking rosemary.

Remember: ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions before you start, stop, or change your use of any medications.

Did you know? is a series of health articles written by HHPC and approved by our Health Advisory Board.

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