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Most people with heart failure are helped by taking several medicines to protect their heart. Medicines may be used to help you feel better, have a better quality of life, stay out of the hospital, and live longer. It is important to take all your medicines exactly as prescribed to get the best results. They can also cause side effects.
If you think that any of your medicines are causing side effects, talk with your doctor.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
This list includes most of the common medicines used to treat heart failure. You will get more details on the specific medicines your doctor prescribes.
This is not a complete list of medicines used for heart failure. If you have questions about your medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you start to take an aldosterone receptor antagonist, talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor:
Side effects include:
Before you start to take an ACE inhibitor, talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor if:
Before you start to take an ARB, talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor if:
Before you start to take an ARNI, talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor if:
Before you start to take a beta-blocker, talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor if:
Before you start to take a diuretic, talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor if:
Before you start to take an SGLT2 inhibitor, talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor:
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Current as of: September 7, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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