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    Heart Failure and ACE Inhibitors

    Should I Avoid Certain Foods or Medicine While Taking ACE Inhibitors?

    Yes. These include:

    Salt substitutes: They have potassium, and ACE inhibitors make your body retain potassium.

    Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs (like acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen , and naproxen ): These may cause your body to retain sodium and water and decrease the effect of an ACE inhibitor. Check with your doctor before taking any anti-inflammatory drugs.

    It is important that your doctor know about all the medicines you’re taking, as some may interact with ACE inhibitors. Talk to your doctor before taking any new medication, including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and supplements.

    Other Guidelines for ACE Inhibitors

    While taking an ACE inhibitor, have your blood pressure and kidney health checked regularly, as advised by your doctor.

    Never stop taking your medication, even if you feel that it is not working. Your heart failure symptoms may not improve right away when taking ACE inhibitors. But long-term use of ACE inhibitors helps manage chronic heart failure and reduces the risk that it will get worse.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on May 26, 2014
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