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

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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.

  • 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.

From: Heart Failure and ACE Inhibitors WebMD Medical Reference

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 July 21, 2016

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 July 21, 2016

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