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November 2001 Issue

Iron Eases Cough From ACE Inhibitors, But Poses Risk

Prescription drugs like captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec) and lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), collectively known as ACE inhibitors, are widely prescribed to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions. They are very effective, but are often accompanied by an annoyingly persistent dry cough. This troublesome side effect occurs in up to one-third or more of people who take ACE inhibitors.

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