Most people with heart failure benefit from taking several medicines to protect their heart. These medicines can help you feel better and live longer. It is important to take all your medicines exactly as directed to get the best results. Medicines can cause side effects. But most people feel better if they take their medicines.
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 call line 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.
If your doctor prescribes other medicines for heart failure, you will get more details on those specific medicines.
Before you start to take an ACE inhibitor, talk to your doctor. Tell him or her if:
Side effects include:
Before you start to take an ARB, talk to your doctor. Tell him or her if:
Before you start to take an ARNI, talk to your doctor. Tell him or her if:
Before you start to take a diuretic, talk to your doctor. Tell him or her if:
Before you start to take a beta-blocker, talk to your doctor. Tell him or her if:
Before you start to take digoxin, talk to your doctor. Tell him or her if:
Before you start to take aspirin or other blood thinners, talk to your doctor. Tell him or her if:
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Current as of: December 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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