Drugs That May Lead to Heart Damage
If you are taking medication for a condition, or using illicit drugs or other substances, it is important to know about potential side effects and adverse reactions. One of your best sources of information is a doctor who has a thorough knowledge of your health history. Below are examples of medications and illicit drugs that may cause heart problems. If you have concerns about the specific medications that you are taking, talk to your doctor.
AnthracyclinesExamples of medications in this class include:
Antipsychotic DrugsAntipsychotic drugs are typically used to treat certain mental disorders, such as schizophrenia. Examples of medications in this class include:
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory DrugsNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to reduce fever and pain. They can also be used to decrease pain and swelling associated with inflammation. NSAIDs are available by prescription from your doctor and some are available over-the-counter. A type of NSAID, called COX-2 inhibitors, carry the same risks as other NSAIDs.Possible heart-related side effects from NSAID use include:
- Heart attack
- Increased blood pressure
- Have been taking the medication for a long period of time
- Already have risk factors for cardiovascular disease
Drugs for Type 2 DiabetesThere are many different types of drugs that are used to treat type 2 diabetes. In general, thiazolidinediones are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and heart failure. One drug in particular is rosiglitazone. Rosiglitazone may be taken alone or in combination with other medications.
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