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Recent evidence points to increased acute kidney injury associated with combining nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with two antihypertensive drugs: a diuretic plus either an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB). Find out the names of these drugs. This is especially important for patients with hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure or chronic kidney disease, because such patients are routinely treated with diuretics, ACE inhibitors and ARBs.
It is dangerous to take any of the 18 popular blood pressure drugs of one type (ACE inhibitors) in combination with any of the 14 blood pressure drugs of another type (ARBs). It also is dangerous to take a drug in either of these classes in combination with a newer high blood pressure drug, aliskiren (TEKTURNA). Find out why.
This article lists a large number of drugs, used to treat high blood pressure and other carediovascular disease, that can interact harmfully with lithium (ESKALITH; LITHOBID; LITHONATE;generic lithium carbonate), drugs used to treat bipolar (manic/depressive) disorder. This may result in a dangerous condition known as lithium toxicity because these drugs stop the body from getting rid of lithium and lithium blood levels are increased; in severe cases, this can cause seizures, coma and even death. The article also lists other symptoms of lithium toxicity.
Because of the risk of birth defects, you should contact your physician immediately if you are pregnant and are taking either an ACE or ARB inhibitor at any stage in pregnancy. DO NOT discontinue a blood pressure-lowering drug without first consulting the prescriber.