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If it is not uncommon for ACE inhibitors to produce an annoying cough, why not prescribe arbs from the get go? Are they generally less effective?

If it is not uncommon for ACE inhibitors to produce an annoying cough, why not prescribe arbs from the get go?  Are they generally less effective?

Reasonable: Alternative. Most of the clinical studiesdone in heart failure, heart attack and hypertension were done with ace inhibitors so there is a tremendous amount of data backing its use. There is more data regarding arb's in the last few years. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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One of symptom of CHF is cough, can ACE inhibitors be used as it also causes cough.

One of symptom of CHF is cough, can ACE inhibitors be used as it also causes cough.

Yes: Cough due to CHF is due to excessive fluid buildup in lungs due to inefficient heart function. Cough due to ace inhibitors is a benign (though irritating) side effect seen in a minority of patients. Ace inhibitors are first line drugs for "systolic" CHF ( due to weakened heart muscle). Presence of cough does not exclude use, but most physicians would switch to alternative "arb" medication. ...Read more

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I was switched from a beta blocker to an ACE inhibitor for hbp due to bad side effects. How long will it take for the cough with lisinopril?

I was switched from a beta blocker to an ACE inhibitor for hbp due to bad side effects. How long will it take for the  cough with lisinopril?

10%: There is a 10% chance of getting a cough with lisinopril. That means there is a 90% chance of not getting a cough. Lisinopril is still very useful. Be optimistic that you are in the 90%. ...Read more

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How to combat ankle edema caused as a side effect by s-amlodipine.The hypertensive pt.Was previously put on ACE inhibitor but developed cough?

How to combat ankle edema caused as a side effect by s-amlodipine.The hypertensive pt.Was previously put on ACE inhibitor but developed cough?

Side effect: Ankle edema is a side effect of amlodipine. You can't 'combat' it. If the ace caused side effects also then one of the family of arbs may help. ...Read more

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How do you cure dry cough?

How do you cure dry cough?

Depends on cause: Treating a dry cough depends on the cause, all the while remembering that cough is a symptom not a disease. Dry cough can occur due to allergies, exposure to dust, fumes and chemicals, asthma, bronchospasm, viral URI and medications such as ace inhibitors. Avoid the irritant, treat the asthma and bronchospasm, switch the offending medicine and use antihistamines for allergy control. ...Read more

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How can you stop a dry cough ?

How can you stop a dry cough ?

Tips: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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How to recover from dry cough?

How to recover from dry cough?

Dry cough: The best way to treat or recover from a cough is to find the underlying cause or reason for the cough so it can be treated. Also, "voice rest" which means no raising voice, singing, cheering, yelling etc, so the area of the larynx can heal. If a cough persists, it is important to be assessed by an allergist, ENT doctor or pulmonologist to identify the trigger and offer specific treatment. ...Read more

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What do I take for a dry cough?

What do I take for a dry cough?

Need diagnosis first: Possible causes of a chronic cough include bronchospasm of any etiology, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of 2 or more of these diagnoses. Treatment depends on the etiology which often requires testing for precise diagnosis. See your doctor so proper diagnosis of your cough can be determined and treatment can be rendered. Quit smoking if you are smoking. Your doctor can help w/this, too. ...Read more

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What is good for very dry cough?

What is good for very dry cough?

Good for dry cough: Treatment of the cause of the cough is your best option. Head elevation can be very useful to alleviate disruptive night time cough. If you have asthma, COPD or allergies, make sure they are well controlled. Cough medications are at best a temporary, last resort. ...Read more

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What medicine to take for a dry cough?

What medicine to take for a dry cough?

None work great: There is no great medicine for this. Over the counter preparations may help but are mostly snake oil. Honey and lemon tastes good and is benign and may help. If you are a smoker stop. Inhalers may help if there is a reactive component to it. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough and feel very week?

I have a dry cough and feel very week?

Cough with weakness: There are many causes of dry cough, and at least 12 that could cause both weakness and dry cough together. As it is the season of RSV and influenza, as well as pertussis etc get checked for a treatable infection first. As you are 32 years old the other potential causes are less likely, but serious. Let your doctor know how long you've been feeling poorly, and any other associated symptoms. ...Read more

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What medicine to take for a dry cough?

What medicine to take for a dry cough?

Depends on the cause: There are many potential causes for a cough but the more common ones include post-nasal drips, post-viral infection etc. The list goes on. Need to see a doctor to find out. Unless you know the cause, using a cough suppressant on a long term basis is not recommended. ...Read more

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What meds cause unproductive dry cough ?

What meds cause unproductive dry cough ?

Some BP meds: A common cause of cough due medication is a class of medication used for lowering blood pressure called ace-inhibitors, such as lisonopril. ...Read more

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I suffer from dry cough from last 15days?

I suffer from dry cough from last 15days?

Doctor can examine: A person who has over two weeks of cough should see a doctor. The doctor can evaluate to see if there is allergies, asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, pertussis, pneumonia, or perhaps another problem in the throat or chest. Problems can be more serious if the person is a smoker or has other health problems. Smoking is a major risk factor for several lung diseases, including cancer. ...Read more

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I have this dry cough that won't go away?

Bronchospasm.....: The possible etioligies of a chronic cough include bronchospasm from any etiology, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. Bronchospasm can be due to allergy, chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD usually due to smoking or an acute infection of the airways (usually results in an acute cough). See your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed since treatment depends on the precise diagnosis. ...Read more

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What medicines should I take for dry cough?

What medicines should I take for dry cough?

Consult a physician.: Dry cough can be due to multiple reasons like allergies, acid reflux and side effect of certain medication such as ace inhibitors and should be treated accordingly. ...Read more

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I have dry cough from 1 week how to remove?

I have dry cough from 1 week how to remove?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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