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ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme) Inhibitors

All About ACE Inhibitors

If your hypertension drug ends in –pril, then you're taking an ACE Inhibitor. Examples include:

  • benazepril
  • captopril
  • enalapril
  • fosinopril
  • lisinopril
  • moexipril
  • perindopril
  • quinapril
  • ramipril
  • trandolapril

What you should know about your ACE Inhibitor.

  • It's not a first-line therapy for hypertension - it's probably been prescribed because other agents were ineffective or contraindicated.
  • It acts by preventing the production of the vasoconstrictor angiotensin II. With less angiotensin II, your blood vessels open up, promoting normal blood pressure levels.
  • Dry cough is a common side effect. If this happens, inform your physician right away.
  • It's less effective if you're also taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen.
  • You shouldn't take potassium supplements and potassium levels should be monitored while taking this drug.
  • Strictly not to be taken by pregnant or lactating women.
  • Whilst taking this medication, try to make it a habit to reduce salt or salty food intake.


Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors

Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors

Additional information about your angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors can be found here.