Heart Failure and Pain Medicines

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

Some medicines can make heart failure worse by making your body retain water. Most of these medicines are for pain and are similar to aspirin or in a class of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS. Some medicines to be cautious of are listed below.

Over-the-Counter Medications

  • Ibuprofen (Motrin™, Advil™, Nuprin™)
  • Aspirin (Ecotrin™, Ascriptin™,
  • Anacin™, Bufferin™, Aspergum™)
  • Naproxen sodium (Aleve™)
  • Goodys Powder™
  • BC Powder™
  • Ketoprofen (Orudis KT™)
  • Excedrin™
  • Alka-Seltzer™
  • Pepto-Bismol™
  • Magnesium salicylate (Doan’s™)

Prescription Medications

  • Naproxen (Naprosyn®, Anaprox®)
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin®)
  • Indomethacin (Indocin®)
  • Oxaprozin (Daypro®)
  • Relafen®
  • Celebrex®
  • Vioxx®
  • Etodolac (Lodine®)
  • Diclofenac (Voltaren®)
  • Salsalate (Disalcid®)
  • Choline mag.trisalicylates (Trilisate®)

How can you be sure your medicine is OK to take?
Talk with your doctor before taking any new medication. You can also:

  • Read the the label for a list of ingredients. Avoid medicines that contain sodium as sodium causes water retention.
  • Ask your pharmacist. Many pharmacies have computer programs that can determine interactions between certain medicines and diseases as well as interactions between medicines you are already taking.

What other ways can you control pain?
Try using:

  • Heat or ice for 20 minutes at a time.
  • Tylenol® (acetaminophen)
  • Water aerobics
  • Creams or ointments
  • Non-aspirin related pain medicines
  • Exercise

What else can you do?
Monitor your weight, that means, weigh every day and keep a written record of your weight. If you gain 2 or more pounds in 1 day or 3-5 pounds in 1 week, call your doctor right away. Gaining weight in such a short time may be a sign that you are retaining water, and your doctor may need to change your treatment plan.

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