Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARB’s)





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Concomitant Administration of ACE Inhibitors and ARBS

  • Combination ACE Inhibitor and ARB Therapy Increases the Risk of Adverse Effects [MEDLINE]: including hyperkalemia, medication discontinuation due to adverse effects, worsened renal function, and symptomatic hypotension
    • Combination ACE Inhibitor and ARB Therapy Does Not Increase the Rate of Malignancy [MEDLINE]
    • Recommendation: it is recommended to not use combination ACE inhibitor and ARB therapy

Adverse Effects

Allergic/Immunologic Adverse Effects

Cardiovascular Adverse Effects

Endocrinologic Adverse Effects

Pulmonary Adverse Effects

  • Cough (see Cough, Cough)
    • Physiology: class effect (common to all ARB’s)

Renal Adverse Effects

Other Effects

  • ARBS’s Do Not Increase the Risk of Malignancy []
  • ARBS’s Do Not Increase the Risk of Myocardial Infarction [MEDLINE]


  • Adverse effects of combination angiotensin II receptor blockers plus angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors for left ventricular dysfunction: a quantitative review of data from randomized clinical trials. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(18):1930 [MEDLINE]
  • Risk of angioedema with angiotensin receptor blockers in patients with prior angioedema associated with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors: a meta-analysis. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2008 Nov;101(5):495-9. doi: 10.1016/S1081-1206(10)60288-8 [MEDLINE]
  • Potential of antihypertensive drugs for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics 8 (9): 1286. September 2008. doi:10.1586/14737175.8.9.1285
  • ONTARGET Investigators: Telmisartan, ramipril, or both in patients at high risk for vascular events. N Engl J Med. 2008;358(15):1547 [MEDLINE]
  • Renal outcomes with telmisartan, ramipril, or both, in people at high vascular risk (the ONTARGET study): a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, controlled trial. Lancet. 2008;372(9638):547 [MEDLINE]
  • Use of angiotensin receptor blockers and risk of dementia in a predominantly male population: prospective cohort analysis. BMJ 2010; 340 (9): b5465. doi:10.1136/bmj.b5465 [MEDLINE]
  • Angiotensin receptor blockers and risk of myocardial infarction: meta-analyses and trial sequential analyses of 147 020 patients from randomised trials. BMJ. 2011;342:d2234 [MEDLINE]
  • Effects of telmisartan, irbesartan, valsartan, candesartan, and losartan on cancers in 15 trials enrolling 138,769 individuals. J Hypertens. 2011;29(4):623 [MEDLINE]