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:
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.