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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Aldosterone Receptor Blockers

Read more about Aldosterone Receptor Blockers.

Overview

Aldosterone receptor blockers are generally used to treat hypertension. Eplerenone (Inspra) is the first drug in this class to receive additional FDA approval to treat patients who develop congestive heart failure following an acute heart attack. Patients who received Inspra, along with other appropriate treatment, had a lower risk of death.

Effect of Aldosterone Receptor Blockers on Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Eplerenone (Inspra) helps treat congestive heart failure by controlling high blood pressure. The drug controls high blood pressure by blocking chemicals that stimulate the body.

Side Effects and Warnings

Possible general side effects of eplerenone (Inspra) include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Breast enlargement or tenderness

Note: This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

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