Here we provide a guide to the types of heart failure medicines that are available. It is important that you speak to your doctor about any concerns or questions you have about your heart failure medicines. You are likely to require medication for your heart failure for the rest of your life.
There are lots of medicines that you may be given. All of these can help to keep your symptoms under control and improve your quality of life. Some of them have side effects - but the benefits usually greatly outweigh the problems. If you do find it hard to cope with one of your medicines because of side effects, it's important to talk to your doctor rather than stopping the medicine straight away. Your doctor may be able to work with you to find a version that suits you better.
Not all medicines are needed by every person with heart failure. Which medicines are right for you will depend on your symptoms, general health and lifestyle. Your doctor will take into account any other medical problems you have that may affect your treatment. It is very important to take your medicines exactly as your doctor tells you as this will ensure that the medicine works as well as it can. You are likely to need more than one medicine at a time. Making a note or chart could help you to keep track.
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