Common Painkillers Linked To High Blood Pressure In Women

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High Blood Pressure

Women who consume higher doses of non-aspirin painkillers are much more likely to develop high blood pressure than women who do not use them, according to research reported in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

"We sought to investigate whether higher doses of analgesic drugs, specifically acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and aspirin, increase a woman's risk of developing new-onset high blood pressure," said lead author John Phillip Forman, M.D., instructor in medicine, Harvard Medical School, and associate physician, renal division, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass.