What are they for?
These medications relax the blood vessels to allow the blood to flow easily, reducing the workload of your heart and make it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. They can prevent your heart failure from getting worse and can also:
- Help you to live longer
- Help protect you from having a heart attack by improving the blood flow to your heart muscle
- Help you be more active
|The ARB you are taking is:
|The dose you should take is:
How do I take them?
Take them once a day in the morning. The doctor or nurse may ask you to take them before bedtime.
What are the main side effects?
- Drop in blood pressure
Which side effects should I tell my doctor or nurse about?
If any of these side effects becomes severe contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist immediately:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Skin rash
- Stomach pains
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
What else do I need to know?
- If you have diarrhoea, vomiting or an illness that stops you eating or drinking normally please stop your ACE inhibitor until this settles. Once settled, you can restart taking it at your usual dose
- If you tend to feel dizzy when you stand up, try to avoid getting up too quickly
- Avoid taking salt substitutes (as most contain potassium), and you should not take any potassium supplements
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory pain relief medication (for example, ibuprofen)
- Make sure you are on a low-salt diet
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This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.