Darrell Hulisz, RPh, PharmD; Melissa Lagzdins, RPh, PharmD

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US Pharmacist. 2008;33(9):HS11-HS20. 

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Summary

Pharmacists should maintain an awareness of the major drug classes that may increase blood pressure and/or interfere with effective blood pressure control. Examples include sympathomimetics, NSAIDs, estrogens, corticosteroids, cyclosporine, and some natural products (e.g., ginseng). Pharmacists should screen for medications that raise blood pressure and should provide feedback to patients and medical providers to decrease this potential cause of secondary hypertension. Generally, all patients with hypertension should be monitored more closely anytime additional medications are prescribed, especially when drugs known to raise blood pressure are added.

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