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ACE Inhibitors Potential Side Effects

Aug 17, 2007
The purpose of this article is identify possible ACE inhibitors side effects and their potential impact on you.

ACE inhibitors can be lifesavers for individuals who are at a high risk for heart attack or stroke as well as for those who have high blood pressure, heart failure and suffer from type 2 diabetes. But like all medications, there are possible ACE inhibitors side effects that can occur in some individuals. Lets take a closer look at them.

Some people who take ACE inhibitors develop a cough. If you develop a cough that doesn't seem to want to go away or if your cough becomes severe, get in touch with your doctor and find out what kind of cough medicine would be best to get the cough under control.

A skin rash that is characterized by redness and itchiness is sometimes an ACE Inhibitors side effect and it could appear anywhere on the body. If you develop such a rash do not attempt to treat it yourself but instead schedule an appointment with your doctor to have it looked at.

Sometimes dizziness, lightheadedness or a feeling like you are about to faint as you attempt to get up out of bed or a chair is a possible ACE Inhibitors side effect. Those who suffer from this side effect notice it the strongest after they first begin taking the heart medication. The side effect is most common for those who are already taking a water pill (or diuretic). Take your time when getting up and do not rush yourself. If you continue to feel dizziness or lightheadedness or if it becomes severe do not hesitate to get in touch with your doctor.

Sometimes a variety of physical symptoms accompany taking ACE inhibitors which include pain in the chest, a sore throat, a fever, sores in the mouth, swelling of one or both feet and also swelling of the lower legs and/or ankles, an irregular or very quick heartbeat and strange bruising of skin in areas where there has been no injury. Some patients experience a metallic or salty taste in their mouth when they first begin taking this medication while others find that their ability to taste is dulled.

Other possible symptoms include swelling that takes place in the face, neck and sometimes the tongue. If you experience swelling in either of these parts of your body, get in touch with your doctor right away.

If you take ACE inhibitors then you need to have your potassium levels measured on a regular basis by way of blood tests as this is a side effect of this type of medication that can be potentially life threatening. There are signs that you have too much potassium in your system and they include a sense of confusion; fast or irregular heartbeat; tingling or numbness in the hands, lips or feet; nervousness; difficulty breathing or shortness of breath and a feeling of heaviness or weakness in the leg area.

Finally severe diarrhea or vomiting can be side effects of taking ACE inhibitors and can be harmful because it can lead to dehydration, which can then lead to low blood pressure. Always contact your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
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