Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Dr. Tom Colletti


Purpose: This article aims to review the prevalence of dry cough in hypertensive patients taking angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

Method: A PubMed literature search was performed with search terms angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, dry cough, and hypertension. Four articles pertinent to the clinical review were retrieved and used for this article.

Results: There is a positive correlation between dry cough and some patients taking ACE inhibitors.

Conclusion: ACE inhibitors are commonly prescribed to treat hypertension. Despite the effectiveness and tolerability of ACE inhibitors, approximately 20% of patients discontinue the medications after experiencing a dry cough. The topic of ACE inhibitor-induced cough remains debatable as more research is needed.

Keywords: ACE inhibitors, Cough, Hypertension.


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