ARBs, or angiotensin II receptor blockers, are a class of drugs that primarily work to reduce blood pressure. ARBs prevent angiotensin II from properly binding to their receptors on blood vessels. Blocking angiotensin II from binding allows blood cells to dilate, reducing blood pressure. Reducing blood pressure can reduce the risk of heart failure and stroke and inhibit the advance of kidney disease, especially kidney disease associated with diabetes. ARBs are primarily prescribed to people who are not responsive to ACE inhibition. ARBs typically cause very few, minor side effects. Very rarely, ARBs can cause kidney or liver failure, a decrease in white blood cells and allergic reactions.
Drugs classified as ARBs include the following.
ARBs are primarily used to control hypertension and reduce the risk of its side effects.
- Heart failure
- Kidney failure
- Atrial fibrillatin
ARBs Side Effects
Side effects caused by ARBs are generally rare and mild. They include the following.
- Low blood pressure
- Metallic or salty taste
Like any other drug, ARBs may interact with other drugs and substances. You should consult with your doctor before starting new medications, including over the counter drugs. Below is a list of drugs that may interact with ARBs. Note that this list is not complete.