Note: several high blood pressure medications have been recalled by the FDA. However, DO NOT STOP taking your blood pressure medicine without contacting your doctor.*
Recalls for dozens of medications that treat high blood pressure began in July 2018 and is continuing today with more pharmaceutical companies taking these drugs off the shelves earlier this month.
Last year, FDA investigators found 2 potentially cancer-causing contaminants in numerous batches. The contaminants discovered were the chemicals N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) and are classified as probable human carcinogens.
All of these high blood pressure medications contain valsartan, losartan, irbesartan and combination drugs including valsartran (valsartran is an off-patent ingredient used in generic medications to treat high blood pressure). These medications are from various manufacturers, and marketed by different pharmaceutical companies.
*The FDA says that “the risk of harm to someone’s health may be higher if one of these medications is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.” After consulting with your doctor, they can find you a safe alternative to take.