Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are heart medications that are used to widen or dilate the blood vessels. ACE inhibitors increase the amount of blood your heart pumps. This process lowers the blood pressure.
Examples: Accupril (Quinapril), Aceon (Perindopril), Altace (Ramipril), Capoten (Captopril), Lotensin (Benazepril) and Mavik (Trandolapril).
ACE inhibitors are usually prescribed to:
ACE inhibitors are not advisable to be taken by pregnant or lactating women. This medicine can lower the mother’s blood pressure that may result to kidney failure or high potassium in the blood. This may cause deformity or death to the baby.
Children should take this drug with caution since they are more sensitive to the effects of the changes on their blood pressure. Parents must discuss first with their doctors the potential benefits and risks of this drug for their child.
Side effects of this drug may include:
Severe symptoms may include:
Symptoms are: Confusion, Irregular Heartbeat, Nervousness, Numbness or Tingling in Hands, Feet, or Lips, Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing and Weakness or Heaviness in your Legs
Contact your doctor right away if you have any of these.
ACE inhibitors may interact with any food or medication you are taking, especially of:
Notify your doctor about all the medicines you are taking to avoid drug interactions.
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