Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs) for High Blood Pressure
Why It Is Used
Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) may be used alone or combined with other medicine—often a diuretic—to treat Reference high blood pressure Opens New Window.
ARBs may be used by people who cannot take ACE inhibitor medicines. 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. ARBs are less likely to cause a cough.
ARBs are also used by people have heart problems such as coronary artery disease or heart failure. ARBs might be used by people who type 2 diabetes and have early signs of kidney disease or who have kidney disease from diabetes (diabetic nephropathy).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology