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Hello all and zuzu - I have been reading the posts and decided to ask a question. I was recently put on altace in April after being on Ziac for 3 years. The ziac was making my heart rate fall too low (40's) but BP still elevated so we changed to the ACE inhibitors for a try. The altace 2.5 kept my BP in a very good range.......although I developed the cough. Every time I would lay down to rest or sleep it would come on with a vengence. I also have GERD/allergies so may have contributed to the problem......although seemed much worse on the altace.

Then I developed trouble getting a deep breath a few weeks ago.........called the pharmacist and she said that the altace interference with the breakdown of bradykinin could contribute to a build up of the natural irritant in my lungs and may have contributed to the difficulty getting a deep breath??? I went to the Doc to switch meds again...........put me on Diovan.....tried 80 mg........although even at 160 mgs. not keeping the BP down very well. Runs 125 - 135/ 88-98 most of the time and sometimes even higher. The cough is definately better but I am frustrated with the BP results............thought of going back on altace and giving it another try. I don't have a Doc's appt. till first week of Jan.......due to holiday travel and company. The Pharmacist told me I could easily switch back (without weaning) as they are in the same class of drugs............sort of afraid the Doc will be upset that I switched without checking with her first...........although I pay out of pocket on most of my med. care......I have self employed ins..........high ded.........$5000.00 and everytime I go in - the office visit costs me $85.00. So I thought of switching back for the next few weeks to get it back down.........and see if I can tolerate the altace. I have a cough due to GERD and allergies anyway so who knows how much the altace was contributing to it all. I tolerated it well otherwise.............what do you think zuzu and all?? I still have a script for the altace.........so easy to switch back .........thanks............colliegirl ;)