One of the key stressors of the body that can cause an increase in blood pressure is pain.
Whether it is from a chronic condition or an acute injury, pain will almost always stimulate the body to respond with elevated blood pressure.
Relieving the pain will help, but not if the method of pain relief also causes blood pressure to spike.
One specific class of painkilling drugs will do this without fail and should be avoided at all cost if you have high blood pressure.
What’s worse, these drugs are most often considered completely harmless and can be bought over-the-counter in your local supermarket.
Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, have long been used as fever reducers and pain relievers.
However, recent studies have shown these over-the-counter medications to cause dangerous spikes in blood pressure.
As well, the problems are not limited to the pills you can get at the grocery store.
Prescription medications like Celebrex are also shown to be dangerous for people who are hypertensive.
While there are non-NSAID options, they also can be problematic when taken in large amounts.
Acetaminophen, for example, can cause liver damage. Fatal ingestion can even occur in as little as 4,000 mg, so prescription-grade doesn’t mean it’s safer.
The best option is to find natural and safe remedies for pain and chronic illness whenever possible.