Despite being a very common medication to deal with pain and fever, ibuprofen can be dangerous when taken by people who are also taking medication for high blood pressure.
According to a study done by the University of Waterloo in Canada, the combination of drugs can lead to severe dehydration and even significant kidney problems.
Medicines to deal with hypertension have a diuretic, which ends up increasing the frequency with which the person goes to the bathroom, this requires the patient to drink a lot of water to compensate.
If the individual does not respect water intake and becomes dehydrated, there is a possibility that kidney damage will be triggered. Taking ibuprofen would intensify the condition, with the possibility of worsening the injury and causing permanent problems.
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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a disease that attacks the heart, blood vessels, eyes, brain and can drastically affect the kidneys. It is caused when the pressure is frequently above 140 by 90 mmHgGizmo/ Getty Images
Apart from the genetic issue, factors such as consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, large amounts of salt, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, advanced age, stress and a sedentary lifestyle can also influence blood pressure levels.Peter Dazeley/ Getty Images
Dizziness, blurred vision, headache or neck pain are the main symptoms related to the disease. These discomforts usually appear when the pressure builds up quickly.Colin Hawkins/ Getty Images
Other common symptoms in people with high blood pressure are: ringing in the ears, double or blurry vision, pain in the back of the head and head, drowsiness, palpitations, nausea and small blood spots in the eyes.Grace Cary/ Getty Images
High blood pressure is responsible for serious health problems like stroke, heart failure and vision loss. When you suspect that you have the disease, it is recommended to measure your blood pressure with a proper device, at home or at the pharmacy.Peter M. Fisher/ Getty Images
Despite gravity, high blood pressure can be controlled. Healthy habits such as exercising, eating healthy, avoiding situations that can cause stress, reducing alcohol consumption, keeping weight and cholesterol under control, and avoiding drugs that increase blood pressure (such as caffeine, antidepressants, and corticosteroids) can help control blood pressure Getty Images
When presenting any symptoms, a cardiologist should be sought. As it is a disease that has no cure and can cause cardiovascular problems, early diagnosis considerably reduces more serious and irreversible conditions.bluecinema/ Getty Images
Only a specialist is able to diagnose cases of hypertension and indicate the necessary treatment to reduce symptoms and consequences of the disease. Generally, the use of medication and rest are indicatedA. Martin UW Photography/ Getty Images
However, if the pressure remains higher than indicated, that is, 140/90 mmHg after one hour, the patient should immediately go to a hospital to take intravenous antihypertensives.Luis Alvarez/ Getty Images
The study was made from a computer model, and published in the scientific journal Mathematical Biosciences. Scientists suggest that people with hypertension talk to their doctor to decide which medication to use in case of pain or fever.
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