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Should I avoid certain foods or medicine while taking ACE inhibitors?

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ACE inhibitors are drugs that widen the blood vessels to improve your blood flow. If you’re taking these drugs, avoid:

It is important that your doctor know about all the medicines, including over-the-counter drugs, and supplements and herbs.

  • 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 make ACE inhibitors not work as well.

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "'ACE Inhibitors' and 'ARBs' To Protect Your Heart?"

MedlinePlus: "ACE inhibitors."

ConsumerReports.org: "ACE Inhibitors."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "How Is Heart Failure Treated?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "'ACE Inhibitors' and 'ARBs' To Protect Your Heart?"

MedlinePlus: "ACE inhibitors."

ConsumerReports.org: "ACE Inhibitors."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "How Is Heart Failure Treated?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on October 16, 2019

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