If you cannot take ACE inhibitors or ARBs, you may need to take hydralazine and nitrates. When taken together, they relax your blood vessels and decrease how hard your heart has to work to pump blood.
The most common products are:
Your doctor may add these medicines to treat your heart failure even if you are already taking an ACE or ARB.
Possible side effects when taking these medicines together include:
Call your health care provider if you have any of the following while taking hydralazine:
Do not use Viagra® (sildenfil) with nitrates because the combination will further decrease your blood pressure, which can lead to death.
Call your health care provider if you have any of the following while taking nitrates:
Side effects that go away after using hydralazine include:
Side effects that go away after using nitrates include:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fifth edition, 1-931876-20-7
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