Which drugs and toxins cause hypertension (high blood pressure)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Answer

Drugs and toxins that cause hypertension include the following:

  • Alcohol

  • Cocaine

  • Cyclosporine, tacrolimus

  • NSAIDs

  • Erythropoietin

  • Adrenergic medications

  • Decongestants containing ephedrine

  • Herbal remedies containing licorice (including licorice root) or ephedrine (and ephedra)

  • Nicotine


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