Ace inhibitors and angio receptor blockers, or ARBs, are medications that relax your blood vessels and help put less stress on your heart. They can be used to help high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, or after you’ve had a heart attack.
Common side effects might be coughing, headaches, tiredness, loss of taste, a rash, or itching. A full list of side effects can be found in the instructions that come with your medication.
When using ace inhibitors, you should call your doctor if your face, feet, or hands swell, if you notice that your heart isn’t beating at a steady rate, or if you get dizzy
Some tips for taking these medications are:
- Change positions slowly to keep from getting lightheaded.
- Don’t skip doses when taking these medications.
- Don’t drive or use machinery until you know how your body handles these medications.
Remember, the goal is to get you well, and these medications can help with that. But if you have any questions or are worried about any of the side effects, please talk with your care team.