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Heart Failure: Avoiding Medicines That Make Symptoms Worse

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Some medicines can affect your heart and make your heart failure worse. Others may keep your heart failure medicines from working right. So it's important to be careful with medicines. These include NSAID pain relievers and medicines that speed up the heart rate.

Over-the-counter medicines that you may need to avoid include:

Prescription medicines that you may need to avoid include:

How to avoid medicines that can make heart failure worse

Some medicines can make heart failure symptoms worse. Here are some tips for how to avoid them.

When to call a doctor

Call 911 or other emergency services right away if:

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

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Current as of: June 25, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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