With Are Hp Meds Are There Any Safe Anti Inflammatory Pills. We Cant Take[motrin,advil, Aleve, Orudus Etc.]the One's That Work. Are We Left With Just Ecotrin/or Tylenol Which Both Do Very Little For My Sciatica Pain.
I know. This is tricky one...especially for folks with high blood pressure who have chronic pain and need analgesia daily.
I've read that a combo of a low dose of tramadol (a centrally acting synthetic opioid) with Tylenol is very effective for the chronic pain of osteoarthritis and is suggested as an alternative for those with hypertension (depending of course on whether other health issues contraindicate it or not.)
Do you need painkillers every day or just for sciatic flareups of short duration?
Check with your doctor... if it's only for a couple of days at a time, or a day here and there, and not too often, the NSAIDs like ibuprofen may not be a problem at all short term. But I would simply double check.
It's not that you absolutely can't take ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory meds, it's that studies have been showing that these drugs may increase blood pressure (especially if taking often).
They believe that these drugs increase blood pressure by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins are a hormone-like chemical in the body that widens blood vessels for good blood flow. So basically the theory is that if protaglandins are inhibited, blood vessels narrow..Ergo, the risk of elevating blood pressure.
If your BP is well controlled an ocassional tablet or two isn't going to hurt you. But if you find you need it frequently, talk to your doctor about it.
What about cataflam (diclofenac potassium)? I started taking it, having previously used Ponstel and Naprosyn for cramps, and I have found it does not cause fluid retention for me. I read that it is better for people with HBP because it has potassium rather than sodium in it.