When the unmistakable signs of a cold or flu hit, it can be tempting to reach for an over-the-counter drug to ease the misery. But for people with high or low blood pressure, this decision shouldn’t be made lightly. According to the Mayo Clinic, common decongestants like pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine can be dangerous for people with blood pressure issues because of how they narrow the blood vessels.1 If you are a person with high or low blood pressure, learn the risks of OTC meds and discover how Brillia Health products can be great cough and flu meds for high blood pressure. They are gentle, targeted and safe enough for children and others who have health conditions like high blood pressure.
Understanding the Risk of OTC Meds
Though most labels of OTC cold and flu meds indicate that their products should not be taken by people with certain health conditions, surveys have shown that many people with high blood pressure do not know there are risks.2 This is concerning, considering that the CDC reports that nearly half of adults in the U.S., or 45 percent, have high blood pressure, leaving many opportunities for the misuse of OTC meds.3
Over-the-counter cold and flu remedies — specifically decongestants — can cause complications for people who have high blood pressure because they work to relieve nasal stuffiness by targeting the complete circulatory system and narrowing blood vessels, thus reducing swelling in the nose. Use of decongestants in individuals with high blood pressure has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, disturbed heart rhythms and other cardiovascular problems.4
Selecting the Right Non-Prescription Meds
Finding cough and flu medicine for people with high blood pressure is not impossible. If you have these conditions, it is crucial that you avoid the following ingredients: pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, phenylephrine, naphazoline and oxymetazoline. Always check the label for warnings about high blood pressure (hypertension) or heart disease. Some medications might be marketed as “high blood pressure safe” cold medicine, but they may still contain other powerful drugs, such as dextromethorphan, which can be dangerous if taken in excess.
Homeopathic medication, on the other hand, presents a safe alternative to common OTC meds. Working with the body’s natural healing process, homeopathic high blood pressure cold medicine is designed to reduce the symptoms of cold and flu, including nasal congestion, without increasing blood pressure or producing harmful side effects on the body. Read on to see how Brillia Health products use antibody science in place of harsh chemicals to target histamines in the body safely and effectively.
It’s important to note that while decongestant drugs should be avoided by people with high blood pressure because of their ability to further increase blood pressure, some doctors do prescribe these drugs for individuals with low blood pressure, or hypotension.5 If you are taking prescribed medication for low blood pressure or another health condition, it’s best to minimize the use of other harsh chemicals that can further compromise your system. Using a homeopathic remedy like Brillia Health, which is free of chemicals, is a safe option because there are no contraindications.
Brillia Health for High & Low Blood Pressure
Brillia Health is a non-prescription homeopathic medication that uses groundbreaking antibody science to reduce cold and flu symptoms without harsh chemicals or harmful side effects. Active ingredients target the macromolecules in your system responsible for responding to illness, stimulating your immune system and helping you recover faster.
One of Brillia Health’s active ingredients is an antibody that targets the exact culprit of inflammation—histamines, registered with the FDA as Lapine Histamine Immune Globulin. This active ingredient targets histamines in the body, and once bound, gently reduces their ability to cause inflammation, thereby relieving symptoms of allergies like nasal congestion. Because Brillia Health uses antibodies instead of harsh chemicals, inflammation is targeted exactly where it occurs without influencing other molecules in the body. Not only does Brillia Health target histamines and reduce inflammation, the other active ingredients (also antibodies) help to support the immune system, facilitating a swift and comfortable recovery.
In addition to relieving common symptoms like nasal congestion, sore throat, wet and dry coughs and body aches, Brillia Health products reduce the stress of these symptoms on your body, so you can rest and recover quickly. Find out more about how Brillia Health products work.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a certificate in Narrative Therapy. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health, and VICE.