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Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers


  • Prescribed when ACE inhibitors are not tolerated.
  • Prescribed for patients with symptoms of cardiovascular conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart failure.
  • May prevent damage to the heart muscle after a heart attack.


  • Similar to ACE Inhibitors. Learn about ACE Inhibitors »
  • Keeps blood vessels relaxed, which increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart muscle and prevents blood pressure from rising.

​Potential Side Effects

  • ​​nausea
  • low blood pressure (dizziness)
  • headaches

Common Names

  • ​Losartan (Cozaar®)
  • Telmisartan (Micardis®)
  • Irbesartan (Avapro®)
  • Olmesartan (Benicar®)
  • Eprosartan (Teveten®)
  • Candesartan (Atacand®)
  • Valsartan (Diovan®)
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