The ONE organ responsible for high blood pressure.
Painkiller Risk: High Blood Pressure
Many over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers can push your blood pressure higher. They can even be dangerous.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is often the pain reliever of choice for people with high blood pressure (hypertension) because most other options are types of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), which can raise blood pressure.
- NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (brand names include Advil and Motrin) and naproxen (brand names include Aleve and Naprosyn)
- Acetaminophen (brand names include Tylenol)
More Blood Pressure Risk With Daily PainkillersThe study found that, compared with men who did not use pain relievers, the risk of high blood pressure:
- Went up 38% in men who took NSAIDs six or seven days a week.
- Went up 34% in men who took acetaminophen six or seven days a week.
- Went up 26% in men who took aspirin six or seven days a week.