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If you have
heart failure, you need to be extra careful with
medicines. Some can make your heart failure worse. Other medicines may not mix
well with your heart failure drugs.
This Actionset will help you
learn which medicines you may need to avoid and what questions to ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
Talk to your doctor or a pharmacist.
Show him or her a list of all the medicines you take.
It's important to keep an up-to-date
list of your medicines. Here are some tips:
What if you need to take a medicine
that can make heart failure worse? Here are some things you can do:
Call your doctor if you have
symptoms that your heart failure is getting worse, including the following:
Many prescription medicines do not mix well with heart medicines, and others can make heart failure worse. A few examples are listed here.
Some pain medicines can make heart failure worse. Examples include:
Other Works Consulted
Page RL, et al. (2016). Drugs that may cause or exacerbate heart failure: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 134(6): e32–e69. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000426. Accessed July 22, 2016.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMargaret Hetherington, PHM, BsC - Pharmacy
Current as ofOctober 14, 2016
Current as of:
October 14, 2016
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Margaret Hetherington, PHM, BsC - Pharmacy
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