Cardiac Medications

Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARB’s)

Candesarten (Atacand)
Irbesarten (Avapro)
Losarten (Cozaar)
Valsartan (Diovan)
Telmisartan (Micardis)
Eposarten (Teveten)

These agents act further down the “angiotensin” pathway than the ACE inhibitors and block the effects of angiotensin II on the cells of the blood vessel wall. These agents are used in hypertension. Studies are underway on their use in heart attack patients and patients with congestive heart failure.

ARB’s tend to have fewer side effects than ACE inhibitors in terms of cough. They are equally effective in terms of blood pressure control.

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