ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors lower blood pressure. They also treat heart failure and prevent heart attacks and strokes. They block an enzyme that makes blood vessels narrow. As a result, the blood vessels relax and widen. This lowers blood pressure. These medicines also put more water and salt into the urine. This lowers blood pressure too.
These medicines are a good choice for people with diabetes. They don't affect blood sugar levels, and they may protect the kidneys.
Before you start taking this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you take other medicines, especially water pills (diuretics) or potassium tablets. And tell your doctor if you use a salt substitute. You should not take an ACE inhibitor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
You may need regular blood tests.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: September 21, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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