Uniretic Cough

Why Do Coughs Occur?

ACE inhibitors work by blocking an enzyme in the body called the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). Angiotensin-converting enzyme is an important part of a reaction in the body that causes blood vessels to constrict (narrow). By blocking this enzyme, ACE inhibitors cause blood vessels to relax, which lowers blood pressure.
In addition, it is believed that angiotensin-converting enzymes are responsible for breaking down certain substances in the airways that cause coughing. When these enzymes are blocked, these chemicals accumulate in the airways, which can ultimately lead to a persistent cough.

How Do I Know If I Have a Cough From Uniretic?

Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure if a cough is because of Uniretic use or something else. Many different things can cause a cough, including:
In general, coughs that are productive, or associated with other symptoms such as fever and congestion, are not likely to be caused by Uniretic. If your cough is dry and persistent, however, it may be a Uniretic side effect.
The best way to determine if your cough is due to Uniretic is to talk to your healthcare provider.

Talking to Your Healthcare Provider

If you notice a cough while taking Uniretic, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can evaluate you for other possible causes of your cough. If no other cause is found, your healthcare provider may switch you to another blood pressure medication.
If your cough is caused by Uniretic, it will usually take one to four weeks for your cough to resolve after stopping the medication. Some people, however, may continue to cough for up to three months. Let your healthcare provider know if your cough continues beyond three months.
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