There are many medicines that you'll need to avoid when you have heart failure. Some are over-the-counter drugs that you can buy without a prescription. Others are drugs that a doctor may prescribe.
Do not start taking any of the medicines listed in the table below unless your doctor says it is okay and he or she knows that you have heart failure. If your heart failure is mild, you may be able to use some of the medicines for a short time, but it's very important to ask your doctor first.
If you are already taking a medicine on the list below, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is okay to take it.
Over-the-counter medicines you may need to avoid (talk to your doctor or pharmacist)
Prescription medicines you may need to avoid (talk to your doctor or pharmacist)
Pain relievers called NSAIDs
Cold, cough, flu, or sinus medicines
Antacids or laxatives that contain sodium
Calcium channel blockers
Certain diabetes medicines
Last Revised: April 26, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Margaret Hetherington, PHM, BsC - Pharmacy
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