02/04/2010  |  
Posted in Medication
What You Should Know about Your Blood Pressure Medication

Some blood pressure medications from a family of drugs called Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs) are used to control blood pressure and some heart conditions; however, they can also cause gingival hyperplasia (gum overgrowth). And your risks for gum overgrowth increases even more when you have poor oral hygiene. The good news is that this condition is treatable by maintaining good oral hygiene and professional dental care; but it might also mean changing medication—if this is medically possible. This is just one example of why it is important for your dentist and physician to communicate on these issues. It is also important that you inform your healthcare professionals of all medications, vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs you are taking prior to their writing any new prescriptions for you. This important step will help prevent any drug interactions.

Learn more about your blood pressure medicine and see if yours is on our list in Blood Pressure Medications.

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