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Editor's Correspondence
May 12, 2003

NSAIDs and Hypertension—Reply

Author Affiliations

Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2003

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(9):1115-1116. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.9.1115-a

In reply

The role of stress in the development of hypertension remains controversial.1,2 We cannot exclude the possibility raised by Glaser that increased analgesic use may be observed among individuals who experience stress. However, women take analgesics for other indications as well, such as menstrual cramps and musculoskeletal pain. Because of the known physiological effects of analgesics, it is likely that analgesics may be directly involved in the development of hypertension.