An angiotensin receptor blocker relaxes your blood vessels and allows your heart to pump easier (similar to ACE inhibitors). You would be prescribed an ARB if you cannot tolerate an ACE inhibitors (such as a cough).
Frequently used angiotensin receptor blockers include:
When you start taking an angiotensin receptor blocker, you may have an increased chance of retaining potassium. Call your health care provider if you have any of the following signs of high potassium:
If you have any of the signs of too much potassium listed here, call your health care provider.
Call your health care provider if you have any of the following while taking an ARB:
If you have any of the side effects listed here, call your health care provider.
Side effects that go away after use include:
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