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Coronary Heart Disease Medications (cont.)

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What are common side effects of coronary heart disease medications?

Each type of coronary heart disease medication has different side effects. Antiplatelet drugs can cause diarrhea, rash, or itching, abdominal pain, headache, chest pain, muscle aches, and dizziness. Side effects of anticoagulants are bleeding and necrosis (gangrene) of the skin. Side effects of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors include cough, elevated blood potassium levels (hyperkalemia), low blood pressure, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, weakness, abnormal taste, and rash. Taking vasodilators may cause lightheadedness or dizziness, increased or irregular heart rate, or headache. Side effects of calcium channel blockers include constipation, nausea, headache, rash, edema, low blood pressure, drowsiness, and dizziness. Anti-arrhythmics may cause dizziness, blurred vision, anorexia, unusual taste, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

Where can people find more information about side effects of prescription coronary heart disease drugs?

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Always consult your doctor if you are having unexplained symptoms or questions related to your medications. For more information about side effects of coronary heart disease medications, search for the drug and click on the drug's "Side Effects Center" on the top left side of the page.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/2/2014


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