Definition of "ARB"

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ARB (angiotensin receptor blocker, angiotensin 2 receptor antagonist, sartans) are drugs that modulate the RAAS.

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What is an ARB? Isn't arbing something to do with horse racing?
So ARB stands for angiotensin receptor blocker.

What is angiotensin?
Angiotensin is a component of the RAAS system, which is a system that tends to raise blood pressure. Specifically, it promotes the secretion of aldosterone.


Examples include:

  • Olmesartan [medoxomil], e.g. Sevikar which is olmesartan+ the CCB amlodipine
  • Irbesartan (Avapro)
  • Valsartan (Diovan)
  • Telmisartan (Micardis)
  • Losartan
  • Azilsartan
  • Fimasartan
  • Candesartan
  • Eprosartan

Patient information

What are some examples?
They all end in -sartan, which is why we sometimes call these drugs sartans.

  • HTN
  • Diabetic nephropathy (kdiney damage due to diabetes)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Block the activation of angiotensin 2 receptors. Angiotensin 2 is involved with:
    • Vasoconstriction, thus causing vasodilation
    • Secretion of ADH, thus reduces this
    • Produces and secretes aldosterone, thus reduces this
  • The combined effect reduces BP

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