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What are the side effects of ACE inhibitors?

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Side effects of ACE inhibitors include:

  • Red, itchy skin rash: Call your doctor. Don’t treat the rash yourself.
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness upon rising: These may be strongest after the first dose, especially if you have been taking a diuretic (water pill). Get up more slowly. Call your doctor if these symptoms persist or are severe.
  • Salty or metallic taste and a decreased ability to taste: This effect usually goes away as you continue taking the medication.
  • Cough: If this symptom persists or becomes severe, call your doctor. Otherwise, ask him what type of cough medicine you may use.

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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