13 Medications to Avoid in Adults with Hypertension: A Guideline Topline for Primary Care

Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and supplements, recreational substances all have the potential to impact blood pressure (BP). BP changes caused by drugs or other agents have been associated with triggering hypertension (HTN), worsening control in persons with HTN, or reducing the effect of antihypertensive therapy.

The Guideline Topline in the following slides is an at-a-glance summary of agents and classes of drugs to avoid, stop, or consider carefully listed in the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology's 2017 Guideline for the Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults . It's a quick review for primary care.