Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs)
Why It Is Used
Angiotensin II receptor blockers can be used to treat Reference coronary artery disease Opens New Window or heart failure in some people who cannot tolerate ACE inhibitors or who have kidney disease from diabetes (Reference diabetic nephropathy Opens New Window) and in people with type 2 diabetes.
An angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) may be used instead of an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor if you are not able to tolerate certain side effects of an ACE inhibitor. ACE inhibitors can cause an annoying cough. This cough may be hard for some people to live with. So doctors may prescribe an ARB instead, because ARBs are less likely to cause a cough.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 26, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Margaret Hetherington, PHM, BsC - Pharmacy