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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs)

Written by ColleenO.

Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) are a newer class of medications similar to ACE inhibitors, but with a significantly lower frequency of cough as a side effect. Doctors may prescribe this class of medicine for patients who cannot tolerate ACE inhibitors because of cough or other side effects. In selected groups of patients with severe congestive heart failure (CHF), ACE inhibitors may be used along with ARBs.

Common ARBs include:

  • Losartan (Cozaar)
  • Irbesartan (Avapro)
  • Valsartan (Diovan)
  • Candesartan
  • Eprosartan
  • Telmisartan
  • Olmesartan

Effect of Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs) on Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Like ACE inhibitors, ARBs relax blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and ease the heart’s workload.

Read more details about Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs).

Possible side effects of ARBs include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Back and leg pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn

The general side effects in ARBs were similar to that of placebos in most studies. Like ACE inhibitors, they may have very rare, but severe side effects.

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