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    Heart Failure and ACE Inhibitors

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

    Yes. These include:

    • Do not use salt substitutes: they contain potassium and ACE inhibitors cause the body to retain potassium.
    • Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or NSAIDs (like Motrin, Aleve, ibuprofen, or naproxen) and aspirin may cause the body to retain (keep) 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 is aware of all the medications you are taking, as some may potentially 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 function 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. However, long-term use of ACE inhibitors helps manage chronic heart failure and reduces the risk that your condition will become worse.

    WebMD Medical Reference

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