High Blood Pressure and Cold Medicine Don’t Mix

bedside table with cold and flu remedies and tissues

Some over-the-counter flu remedies can elevate pressure, interfere with meds.

This article was originally posted on AARP

As cold and flu season rages on, health experts are warning people with high blood pressure to think twice before popping or pouring over-the-counter medications to relieve their symptoms.

Decongestants, a common ingredient in cold and flu drugs, constrict blood vessels to help relieve congestion. And constricted blood vessels can temporarily raise blood pressure levels and reduce blood flow