Ramipril cough

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Have been on Ramipril now for about 5 months and the only side effects I have noticed is that damed cough and a very dry mouth especially overnight.

The cough isn't all the time but once it starts with a dry tickle at the back of your throat it can be quite a vigorous bout of coughing. This sometimes makes your chest ache and the immediate thought is here we go again.

The dry mouth is a real pain and any amount of drinks or boiled sweets dont make much difference.

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    that is the drug. I have to say my cough (BAD cough!) started within a few days of taking the drug: 9 years is a long time, maybe it is linked or maybe that is something else. Perhaps discuss with your doctor!
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    My cough has gone since the doctor changed my blood pressure medication, I would make an appointment with your GP and get it sorted ,
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    Hooray,

    after changing back to Candesartan which I had been taking for years with no problem, and having had an appointment with a lung specialist, (a waste of time & nhs money) the curse of the Ramipril saga has finally for me been put to bed.

    I urge anyone that takes this POISON, known as Ramipril and that have a persistent dry cough to hound their Gp to be taken off of it immediately. I'm only glad that I have my life back on track.

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      Hi, if u r still reading these, why did you come off the Candesartan if you had no problem with it?? After trying only 4 different meds I am already beginning to feel like a hypochondriac, many of the side effects seem similar with different drugs, but I'm hoping the dizzy head slightly strange feeling with my eyes, I can see clearly but feels as though I'm looking through something. An yone else had this?
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      Hi Sue

      I had changed doctors surgery and at a review it was suggested that I tried Ramipril as an alternative to Candersartan, so unfortunately I went with it. Only to discover that it caused the cough that I had for months, upon challenging my gp he admitted it was a cost saving exercise, to which I replied, well you didnt save any money with me. Needless to say I promptly changed my doctor as I lost faith in him. Good luck with all the meds, im sure you will find something that suits you.

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      Thanks Pamella for info. Does Candersartan keep your readings acceptable with no side effects? I've heard others mention they are on it, also they haven't said anything bad about them. Another one I've heard good reports about is losartan potassium, any feedback on both/either of these would be greatly appreciated. I believe they are both angiotenssin receptor blockers? the only type I haven't been on yet. I also suffer from COPD & IBS so that may be a reason, some meds cause upset tummys which I'm often prone to, has anybody experienced this? it seems to have kicked in again on the Ramipril, although it may just be coincidence? anyway, as before appreciate any info/advice. Have just bought some beetroot juice to add to my healthy & salt free diet!!!! thks
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      Hi Sue

      I have no ill effects from taking Candersartan, best of luck in finding something that suits you x

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    hi ive been taking ramipol for a year and the cough was driving me nuts especially at night, I googled one night the side effects and persuaded my doctor to change my medication about a month ago.. Im now on Losartan Potassium which doesnt have the cough as a major side effect, the trouble is the cough is still around, not anywhere near as bad and it doesnt keep me up at night, so its getting better, but how long roughly does it take to go? its a dry tickly one that appears to be inside my throat sometimes, ive had all the checked and anti biotics etc before they bothered to check I was on ramipol in the first place...
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      Be reassured It does go but I can't say how long it takes as it seemed like forever before the cough finally left me.
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    Having a similar expeience after about 8 months on just 2.5 mg - have now changed medication, but how long should it take for the cough to subside ?
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    I was on

    2.5 befofehand. cough started to subside this week after 8 wks off ramipril on new meds so hang in there.

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    From what I have been told as a student: Not Professional Advice. Ramipril causes dry cough probably because of bradykinin. However ramipril has been shown to be renoprotective (protects the kidneys) in certain patients, so it is worth while trying to stay on the ramipril if you can. If the cough is too bad for you to cope with it is best to see your doctor and get changed onto a different class of medicines, and not just stop and never see the doctor about it as it is an important medicine for a disease that you dont really feel the symptoms for or the relief that the medicine is causing. Hope this helps, I do urge you to see your GP if you continue to have these problems
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    I had exactly the same symptoms, I was really unaware of them but a girlfriend noticed and commented. She's a pharmacist and told me to get it changed. I have now been taking Telmisartan for the last couple of years and no problems now and the BP is excellent.
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    Dumper here again. Took the advice and my Doctor has switched me to Losartin. Now taken it for 2 months. No more cough and BP nicely controlled.
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    I have been on Ramipril for 6 months and have had a dry cough all this time which has got worse but I am on it to stop worsening of a Kidneys problem so am reluctant to stop taking this but have now reached the point where I cannot get a good night sleep so have stopped the drug to see if any improvement. Am having a chest CT scan this week but after reading comments doubt anything will show. Will see my GP for results and will discuss changing medication.
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