Seven drugs to avoid with heart-failure patients
10th August 2017
NPS MedicineWise has compiled a list of seven drugs to avoid for patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. They are:
- NSAIDs, including COX-2 inhibitors, cause salt and water retention and impair renal function.
- Non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers (verapamil and diltiazem) have a negative inotropic effect.
- Antiarrhythmic drugs (except beta blockers and amiodarone) and tricyclic antidepressants have pro-arrhythmic potential.
- Corticosteroids result in