Eczema Associated with Certain Blood Pressure Medications

Do you have a chronic, itchy rash?

For most patients in winter, eczema is the result of dry, cold air — a condition called asteatotic eczema. It is common and can occur in people from Boston to San Diego.

For some elderly patients, however, chronic eczema can be caused by a blood pressure medication. A new study from the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that patients on calcium channel blockers (CCBs) were more likely to have eczema than those who were not taking these blood pressure pills. They also found that the skin rash resolved in 68% of patients who stopped their CCB.

Blood pressure pills should never be changed without consulting your physician. If you have a skin rash and are on a CCB, then discuss this with your physician.

Calcium channel blocker (CCB) medications include nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), nicardipine (Cardene), bepridil (Vascor), isradipine (Dynacirc), nimodipine (Nimotop), felodipine (Plendil), amlodipine (Norvasc), diltiazem (Cardizem), and verapamil (Calan, Isoptin).

7 thoughts on “Eczema Associated with Certain Blood Pressure Medications”

  1. Dolly Greene says:

    Can this type of rash be confused with or diagnosed as scabies?

  2. Any itchy rash can be confused with scabies.

    Scabies is usually intensely itchy and can be diagnosed by a dermatologist with a simple test in clinic.

  3. Damn, I hate it when the answer is I’m getting old! ;~) (I’m 51) I’ve gotten an eczema on my lower legs the past 2 winters. It doesn’t itch and I barely notice it. I use a honey, oatmeal loofah scrub which helps and use some organic lotion from Dr. Bronner/Sundog. But I am relieved that it’s not likely a toxin my body is trying to rid itself of.

    Thanks for a great blog!

  4. It has been found that eczema is not a contagious disease and it is very much curable. There is eczema treatment for all kinds of eczema, be it atopic eczema, allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, infantile seborrhoeic eczema, adult seborrhoeic eczema or any other form of eczema.

  5. Skin eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis. It is a skin disorder that is characterized by itching that you cannot help but scratch resulting in red and inflamed skin. In some cases, blisters, spots, and scaly skin forms on top of the skin inflammation. This kind of skin disorder is believed to develop in people who have atopic tendencies or those whose skin is overly sensitive to certain allergens. This kind of condition is also believed to be hereditary. Eczema could manifest at any stage in one’s life but the initial manifestation is often experienced from birth until about age 5. People with this skin condition experience breakouts on and off through the years. The breakouts are usually triggered by allergens. These allergens differ from one person to another and is not easy to identify. Some common allergens include soaps and detergents, wooly fabric, dust, weather conditions or temperature changes, food, and stress among others. The eczema cure that is often prescribed by dermatologists depend on the type of eczema and the allergens that caused the eczema.

  6. brian todd says:

    can you help……are my bpmeds increasing my eczema.I AM 75 YEARS OLD
    and am taking// monoxondine
    i have been taking the first two for almost 10 years.the 3rd one only for 5 months.
    at a very young age i had asthma/eczema one or the other, never together.
    i feel that the eczema is now becoming a big problem for me. constant itching, red marks under my skin. every now and again i get a big flare up, hot body and bright red on upper body. grew out of wheezey asthma at about 35 ytrs of age.
    my whole lifestyle and family is affeced by my current condition…
    would you kindly forward this message onto “another” who may be able to offer me some help?advice.
    i wonder if there is such a thing as bp meds which are known not to make eczema worse.
    Its driving me mad almost.
    looking forward to hearing from you/someone

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