Drug-induced hypertension

Alternative Names

Hypertension – medication related

Definition of Drug-induced hypertension

Drug-induced hypertension is high blood pressure caused by using a chemical substance, drug, or medication.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Blood pressure is determined by the:


The symptoms of drug-induced hypertension are the same as those of primary hypertension, and may include:

Signs and tests

The health care provider will ask you questions about your use of drugs known to affect .


The goal of treatment is to reduce your blood pressure to below 140/90 (below 130/80 if you have diabetes or kidney disease). This will lower the risk of complications.

Expectations (prognosis)

Drug-induced hypertension is usually controllable with treatment. Treatment may need to be changed periodically.


Issam Mikati, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine. Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/4/2010

Drug induced hypertension

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