NPS MedicineWise has urged anyone on blood pressure medication to keep their blood pressure under control during the COVID-19 by continuing to take their blood pressure medications.
Medical Adviser at NPS MedicineWise, GP Dr Jill Thistlethwaite makes it clear that medicines that help to lower blood pressure “don’t make COVID-19 more severe”.
She adds that having uncontrolled, high blood pressure is what can “increase the risk of severe COVID-19 illness”, which is why “it is so important to continue taking your blood pressure medicines”.
“Continuing to take all of your regular medicines, as directed by your health professional, is important to keep well and stay ‘medicine-wise’ during this pandemic,” Dr Thistlethwaite says.
Being informed, understanding and following the latest advice are the best ways to protect you and your family during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic speak with your GP, pharmacist or other health professional or visit: nps.org.au/covid-19-and-medicines-faqs.
You can also call the Medicines Line for information on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) for the cost of a local call (calls from mobiles may cost more).