Q. Is there any blood pressure medicine that does not give you a cough or make you feel exhausted? I am almost ready to give up on blood pressure pills.
A. Some people are quite susceptible to cough as a side effect of ACE-inhibitor blood pressure drugs such as lisinopril, enalapril or ramipril. Cough is less common with drugs such as Cozaar or Diovan. Beta-blockers such as atenolol or metoprolol can cause fatigue.
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