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Tri-State doctor weighs in on blood pressure medicine recall

If you’re taking medication for high blood pressure, you may want to call your doctor.

Blessing Hospital doctors said the Food and Drug Administration has recalled tablets featuring the drugs amlodipine and valsartan.

Doctors said these drugs mainly help treat high blood pressure.

They said the generic brand of the two are manufactured overseas where the FDA said they may have come in contact with a carcinogen.

But doctors at Blessing said the chances of developing cancer after taking the recalled drugs are slim.

“There’s still plenty of other options to switch some of these people to and it’s still possible to find unblemished brands even under the generics if they look hard enough,” said Dr. Irving Schwartz.

Schwartz said if you are on high blood pressure medicine, you should contact your doctor to see if changes in your prescription are needed.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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