The use of certain prescription medications and street drugs can lead to the development of pulmonary hypertension. Here’s a list of drugs that have been linked to the onset of the disease according to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada.
Weight Loss Medications
Weight loss medications or appetite suppressants have been linked to pulmonary hypertension. These include:
- Dexfenfluramine (Redux)
- Fenfluramine (Ponderal, Pondimin)
- Phentermine (Ionamin)
Chemotherapy is used to treat cancer and some autoimmune diseases such as lupus. Chemotherapy medications that could increase the risk of developing pulmonary hypertension include:
- Carmustine (BCNU)
- Lomustine (CCNU)
- Mitomycin C
Abuse of street drugs (or recreational drugs) may also increase the risk of a person developing pulmonary hypertension. In particular, the following drugs:
A type of amino acid commonly used to treat disorders such as sleep apnea and depression may also increase the risk of pulmonary hypertension:
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