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Angiotensin Receptor Blockers

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI and Kellie Wilson, PharmD

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
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Course Summary

The angiotensin receptor blockers are one of the most widely used antihypertensives. They are a first-line choice for treating primary hypertension in the general non-black population and for people greater or equal to 18-years of age who have hypertension and chronic kidney disease. The use of angiotensin receptor blockers is well tolerated as monotherapy, and as combination therapy with other antihypertensive medications. There is no antidote for ARB poisoning. The recommended treatment is to use standard and supportive care.

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Course Syllabus

  I.       Introduction
 II.       ARBS and Renin-Angiotensin System
III.       Pharmacological Profile of ARB Medication
1.   Pharmacological Category
2.   Mechanism of Action
3.   Uses
4.   US Boxed Warning
5.   Contraindications
6.   Warnings
7.   Adverse Effects
8.   Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
9.   Dietary Considerations
IV.      ARBS and Hypertension
V.      ARB Medication and Heart Failure
VI.      ARB Medication and Diabetic Nephropathy
VII.      ARB Medication and Angioedema
1.   Etiology
2.   Incidence
3.   ARB-Induced Angioedema and ACE-Induced Angioedema
4.   Treatment
VIII.     ARB Overdose
1.   Case Report 1
2.   Case Report 2
3.   Case Series
IX.      Treatment
X.       Summary


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