Alka-Seltzer and High Blood Pressure

Alka-Seltzer is an effervescent antacid and pain reliever used for temporary relief of heartburn, indigestion, sour stomach, headache and minor body aches and pains. High blood pressure, or HBP, is a condition of when the force exerted by blood on your arteries is high enough to cause damage. You are more likely to develop HBP if you have heart problems and diabetes. If you have HBP, Alka-Seltzer antacids may worsen the condition.

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Alka-Seltzer and High Blood Pressure

Alka-Seltzer is usually sold over the counter in many pharmacies. If you have high blood pressure, consult your doctor before using Alka-Seltzer. Each tablet of Alka-Seltzer contains 567 mg of sodium, which may worsen your high blood pressure. Sodium increases blood pressure by causing your body to retain more fluids.

Alka-Seltzer Administration

Place Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water and add about 120 ml of water. Make sure your hands are dry before you touch the tablets. Allow the tablets to dissolve and then drink all the liquid. Do not chew or swallow the tablets. Do not take more than one dose at once.If you are at risk for HBP, check your blood pressure before you take Alka-Seltzer. Hold the medication and consult the doctor if your blood pressure is elevated.

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure rarely causes symptoms, especially during its early stages. HBP symptoms include headache, nosebleed, a buzzing noise in the ears, fatigue, irregular heart rate and confusion. Seek early diagnosis and treatment if you notice any of these symptoms. Untreated HBP can cause stroke and heart attack.

Prevention of High Blood Pressure

If you are at risk for HBP, dietary modification and lifestyle changes can help prevent high blood pressure. Eat a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Reduce intake of saturated fats and alcohol. Limit the amount of sodium you eat to less than 1,500 mg per day, according to PubMedHealth. Lose weight if you are overweight. Weight loss can help lower HBP.