FDA once again expands recall of blood pressure drugs
The recalled batches of the drug contain a chemical contaminant linked to cancer.
.”Patients who are taking an ARB should contact their pharmacist and physician to determine whether the medications they are taking are on the list, said Dr. Sadiya Khan, a cardiologist and an assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
The FDA has compiled a list ofcontaminated batchesthat have been recalled. In addition to losartan, two other ARBs have also been affected, valsartan and irbesartan. But Khan suggests people also check with their doctors. “It can be confusing because there are a lot of different formulations of these medications out there and knowing if your medication is on the list is not clear-cut,” she said.
If a patient is currently taking one of the recalled medications, they shouldn’t worry because “there are lots of alternative blood pressure medications that patients can be switched over to,” Khan said. “The most important thing is to not stop your medication without speaking with your doctor because of the dangers of headtopics.com
untreated blood pressure.”High blood pressure and heart failure aren’t the only conditions these drugs are used to treat, Khan noted. Others include “Marfan syndrome and aortic syndrome, where stopping the medications can be even more dangerous,” she added.
Patients taking recalled drugs also shouldn’t worry about cancer risk, because the risk is ultimately low, said Dr. Prashant Vaishnava, a cardiologist and director of quality and inpatient services at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.While the chemical contaminant in question has been linked to an increased risk of stomach and kidney cancer, “if 8,000 people took the highest dose of the recalled batches for four years, there might be one additional cancer over the lifetime of those 8,000 people,” Vaishnava said.
There are plenty of alternatives to the recalled medications in the same class of drugs, Vaishnava said, and usually, “patients will be alerted by their pharmacist or physician as to whether their medication is affected by the recall.” Read more: NBC News Health »
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