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What should I know before taking angiotensin receptor blockers?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

ARBs are not recommended for people with normal blood pressure and kidney function measures.

An ARB may be prescribed if you have shown an intolerance to ACE inhibitors.

If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant, an ARB is not considered a safe option. ARBs have been shown to be toxic to a developing fetus. You should also not take an ARB if you are breastfeeding.

If you have had angioedema, ARBs can lead to side effects and should be avoided.

If you have kidney disease, liver impairment, or renal artery stenosis, an ARB may not be a good option for you.

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