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What are the side effects of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors for high blood pressure?

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These high blood pressure medications block formation of a hormone that causes blood vessels to narrow, so the vessels relax. ACE inhibitors may cause these side effects:

  • A dry, hacking cough that doesn't go away. If you have this side effect, the doctor may prescribe another type of medication.
  • Skin rash
  • Loss of taste

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

NHLBI: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

NHLBI: "Types of Blood Pressure Medications."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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