Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Do angiotensin-receptor blockers cause cancer?

Q. I read that angiotensin-receptor blockers cause cancer. I take one (Diovan) for my blood pressure. Should I stop?

A. The short answer is no, don't stop, especially without talking with your doctor.

We have received many questions about this topic since a report on angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs) hit the media. Other ARBs are candesartan (Atacand), eprosartan (Teveten), irbesartan (Avapro), losartan (Cozaar), olmesartan (Benicar), and telmisartan (Micardis).

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