Angiotensin ii receptor blocker (ARB) drugs

Like ACE inhibitors, angiotensin ii receptor blocker drugs work by reducing the effects of angiotensin. However, as the name ARB suggests, it does this by blocking angiotensin's effects rather than its production.ARBs are very similar to ACE inhibitors and are commonly used as a substitute for them, for example if a patient suffers from ACE cough. They are also effective in protecting kidneys and also can be useful for patients with heart failure.

Regular blood tests for kidney and liver function should be done for patients on ARBs and they should be avoided in pregnancy.

ARBs usually have a generic name ending in 'sartan'
Example: Losartan

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