If it is not cough, it must be dysgeusia: Differing, adverse effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors in the same individual

D. Unnikrishnan, P. Murakonda, T. S. Dharmarajan

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Abstract

Presented is an unusual case of a 66-year-old-resident of a long-term care facility, who manifested severe dysgeusia and impaired quality of life attributed to the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor enalapril; not realized at the time was the fact that he had an adverse reaction - cough - just weeks earlier from another ACE inhibitor in the same class, quinapril, thus illustrating different adverse effects to two antihypertensives in the same class. Cough and dysgeusia are symptoms that may be easily overlooked as side effects of medications. As polypharmacy is common in nursing home settings, health care providers need to be vigilant about adverse drug reactions which are common, but preventable and often reversible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-110
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ACE inhibitors
  • Adverse effects
  • Cough and dysgeusia
  • Older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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