Harvard Health Letter

More on stings and ACE inhibitors

A review of the safety of ACE inhibitors for people who are allergic to bee and other kinds of insect stings was published in the April 2006 issue of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy. The authors—Janice L. Stumpf, Nadine Shehab, and Anish C. Patel—searched through medical journals and found accounts of three cases of problems with ACE inhibitors. All three involved venom therapy, which involves exposing people to small doses of the venom so their immune systems adjust, and they have less severe reactions with the next exposure.
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