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Drug-Induced Hypertension

Alternate Names : Medication-Induced Hypertension, Drug-Induced High Blood Pressure

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Drug-induced hypertension is an abnormally high blood pressure that has been brought on by a drug or medication.

What is going on in the body?

High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and other problems. Medications sometimes cause hypertension. In these cases, the hypertension is usually mild and reversible.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

There several common drugs that can lead to high blood pressure. These include:

  • birth control pills
  • alcohol
  • cocaine, amphetamines and other stimulant medications
  • corticosteroids
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines
  • some types of nasal decongestant medications


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    Drug-Induced Hypertension: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: H. William Kelly, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 09/20/01

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