Blood Pressure: Facing the Obstacles (Heart Health)
You can be taking drugs and still not have your blood pressure under control. Everyone â€” and older Americans in particular â€” must be careful to keep his or her blood pressure below 140/90 mmHg. If your blood pressure is higher than that, talk with your doctor about adjusting your drugs or making lifestyle changes to bring your blood pressure down.
Some over-the-counter drugs, such as arthritis and pain drugs, and dietary supplements, such as ma huang and bitter orange can raise your blood pressure. Be sure to tell your doctor about any nonprescription drugs that you’re taking and ask whether they may make it harder for you to bring your blood pressure under control.