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What are side effects of ACE inhibitors?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Side effects may include swelling of the lips, face, or limbs, coughing, rashes, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nasal congestion, nausea, and diarrhea. Some people have a drop in blood pressure that is greater than expected. Other side effects may include high blood potassium, low white blood cell count, and worsening of kidney function. Your doctor may need to do blood tests to check kidney function before starting treatment.

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Side effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors include: Persistent dry cough; altered taste sensation; rash and other allergic reactions. May cause kidney damage and, rarely, decrease the number of white blood cells.

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