Uses for angiotensin II receptor blockers

Doctors prescribe these drugs to prevent, treat or improve symptoms in various conditions, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure in diabetes
  • Chronic kidney diseases

Side effects and cautions

Few people have side effects when taking angiotensin II receptor blockers. Possible side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Elevated blood potassium level (hyperkalemia)
  • Localized swelling of tissues (angioedema)

There have been some reports of intestinal problems in those taking olmesartan. Talk to your doctor if you develop severe diarrhea or lose a lot of weight while taking olmesartan.

Because angiotensin II receptor blockers can injure a developing fetus, don't take them if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

June 14, 2016 See more In-depth