ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors stop the release of an enzyme. This enzyme makes your blood vessels smaller. Without it, your blood vessels relax and get bigger. This lowers your blood pressure.
These medicines also increase how much water and salt go into your urine. This also lowers blood pressure.
You may take this kind of medicine if you have high blood pressure. Or you may take it if you have heart problems, kidney problems, or diabetes.
If you have coronary artery disease, this medicine can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Note: This is not a complete list.
Side effects may include:
You may have other side effects or reactions not listed here. Check the information that comes with your medicine.
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Current as of: October 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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