Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors open blood vessels and decrease the heart' s workload. They treat high blood pressure but can also help protect the heart and kidneys.
If you have diabetes, heart failure, heart disease, or high blood pressure, ask your doctor if you should be taking ACE inhibitors.
They are used to help treat these health problems:
There are many different names and brands of ACE inhibitors. Most work as well as another. Side effects may be a little different for different ones.
ACE inhibitors are pills that you take by mouth. Take all of your medicines as your doctor told you to. Try to take them at the same time, or times, each day. Do not stop taking your medicines without talking with your doctor first.
Follow up with your doctor regularly. Your doctor will check your blood pressure and do blood tests to check your kidneys and your potassium levels. Your doctor may change your dose from time to time.
Plan ahead so that you do not run out of medicine. Make sure you have enough with you when you travel.
Other important tips are:
Side effects from ACE inhibitors are rare. Some of them are:
Some other side effects are:
If your tongue or lips swell, call your doctor right away, or go to the emergency room. You may be having a serious allergic reaction to the medicine. This is very rare.
Call your doctor if you are having any of the side effects above, or if you are having other unusual symptoms.
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