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Taking over-the-counter medicines
Learn the names and dosages of the medicines prescribed for you. When you select an over-the-counter medicine, including herbs and vitamins, tell your pharmacist which
heart medicines you are taking, and ask if a particular over-the-counter medicine is safe for you.
Write down your doctor's instructions.
Ask your pharmacist to repeat the instructions to you clearly.
Write down what you take and when.
Take your medicine exactly as prescribed.
Remember to refill your prescriptions on time.
Don't skip a dose.
If you have
heart failure, the following tips may help. The safest cough and cold medicines for you
Medicines and ingredients in medicines that you should check with your doctor about or not take
These contain stimulants that make your heart work harder:
Medicines that are high in sodium
Medicines that may cause you to retain sodium and fluid
ibuprofen (Nuprin®, Advil®, Motrin®, and many other anti-inflammatory medicines)
Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps.
Learn more about ibuprofen here.
ketoprofen (Orudis KT®, Actron®)
Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache.
Learn more about naproxen here.
prednisone, ( methylprednisolone) Complementary medicines (herbs, vitamins, minerals, dietary supplements and natural products)
These products may seem harmless because they are "natural," but they may also interfere with the work of your prescribed medicines.
Talk with your health care team or your pharmacist before starting a new herbal, vitamin or other alternative medicine therapy. Also tell your team what you are currently taking.