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Hypertension and Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors

Read more about Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors.

Overview

ACE inhibitors may be prescribed for people with hypertension and related conditions.

Common ACE inhibitors include:

Effect of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors on Hypertension

ACE inhibitors relax the blood vessels and lower blood pressure by blocking the production of angiotensin, a hormone that causes the blood vessels to constrict.

Side Effects and Warnings

Possible side effects of ACE inhibitors include:

  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Increased levels of potassium in the blood, altered kidney function
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Low blood pressure
  • Swelling
  • Skin rashes

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