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What are the side effects of heart medications?

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Drugs that relax blood vessels might make you dizzy. If that happens to you when you stand or get out of bed, then sit or lie down for a few minutes. This helps raise your blood pressure.

ACE inhibitors may make you cough. Let your doctor know if that keeps you up at night or gets in the way of your daily activities.

Diuretics (water pills) make you pee more. If you need a single dose each day, take it in the morning. Or if you take two doses a day, take the second one in the late afternoon.

From: Heart Disease Medication Tips WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women."

American Heart Association: "Managing Your Medicines."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Disease."

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: "Blood Thinner Pills: Your Guide to Using Them Safely."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women."

American Heart Association: "Managing Your Medicines."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Disease."

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: "Blood Thinner Pills: Your Guide to Using Them Safely."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2019

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