What can I take for a cough that is caused by my ACE inhibitor medication?

Many people with diabetes have problems with high blood pressure. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are ideal for this problem. One of their side benefits is to reduce blood pressure in the kidneys and to protect them from damage. Studies have shown that these medications actually reduce the rate of kidney damage caused by diabetes.
Unfortunately, these drugs also affect the lungs, and about 20% of people treated with them develop an annoying cough. Although this cough is not dangerous, some patients have to stop taking their ACE inhibitor medication because they can't tolerate the cough Some ACE inhibitors cause less of a problem with coughing than others. Ask your health care team about the best medication for you.

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