Hypertension Drugs Recalled Due to Possible Carcinogenic Contaminant

Amy Rothenberg ND
9 min readMar 22, 2022

And More to the Point: Natural and Integrative Medicine Approaches to the Treatment of Hypertension

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This week Pfizer Inc. recalled a blood pressure drug when elevated levels of nitrosamine, a potential carcinogen, was found in some of its products. Several lots of Accuretic, Quinapril and Hydrochlorothiazide tablets were found to be impure. While nitrosamines are commonly found in water and foods, especially in cured and grilled meats, some dairy and vegetables, ongoing exposure to this chemical compound increases the risk of cancer.

While there is no evidence of immediate concern, many who take these medications will be on them for years if not decades, so considering alternative approaches to treating hypertention may be wise. Those who think they may have an affected batch can call their doctor or pharmacist to see. Here is a number to call 888–843–0247, to return product affected products for a refund.

Some patients will need to remain on pharmaceutical medication. As state law allows, a naturopathic doctor can offer informed guidance. Working in conjunction with your family doctor and/or cardiologist makes good sense. Medications for hypertension are common and often are effective. The main types of drugs for hypertension include:

  • Diuretics assist your kidneys in removing sodium so your blood vessels can hold less fluid which causes your blood pressure goes down.
  • Beta-blockers cause a slowing of the heart rate, so your heart pumps blood with less force.
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) work to relax your blood vessels and which helps reduce your blood pressure.
  • Angiotensin II receptor blockers (also called ARBs) work similarly to ACE inhibitors.
  • Calcium channel blockers also work to relax your blood vessels by reducing the amount of calcium entering your cells.

When you work with a licensed naturopathic doctor to treat hypertension, expect a…

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Amy Rothenberg ND

American Association of Naturopathic Physician’s 2017 Physician of the Year. Teacher, writer and advocate for healthy living. www.nhcmed.com