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Medicines for your heart

The Heart Foundation's page on heart medications has information about the groups of medicines that are commonly used for heart problems. It explains what they do, how they work, side effects and things to look out for. It has information about statins, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, thiazide diuretics, calcium channel blockers, antiplatelets, antithrombotic anticoagulants and nitrates.

You can find more information about statins, which help to lower high cholesterol and reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke on Cholesterol-lowering medicines.

You can find more information about blood thinning medications on Blood-thinning medicines. This page includes videos showing how blood thinners work.

Information sheets

These information sheets cover many of the drugs used for heart problems.

ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs): candesartan, cilazapril, enalapril, losartan, quinapril

Anti-arrhythmics: amiodarone, flecainide, propafenone

Anticoagulants: dabigatran, warfarin

Antiplatelets: aspirin, clopidogrel, ticagrelor

Beta Blockers: atenolol, bisoprolol, carvedilol, labetalol, metoprolol, sotalol

Calcium channel blockers: amlodipine, diltiazem, felodipine, verapamil

Diuretics: bendroflumethiazide, furosemide

Nitrates: glyceryl trinitrate, isosorbide mononitrate

Other: digoxin, perhexiline

Important

If you take an ACE inhibitor or angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) (for example, cilazapril, enalapril, quinapril, losartan or candesartan) and a diuretic (for example, furosemide or bendroflumethiazide), taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) (for example ibuprofen or aspirin) in high doses could harm your kidneys.

The term for this is "triple whammy". Read NSAIDs and blood pressure medicines for more details.

Check with your general practice team or pharmacist if you aren't sure whether you're taking an ACE inhibitor or angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) and a diuretic.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2021.

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