Brand Names in the United States
Therapeutic Uses of ACE Inhibitors
ACE inhibitors are used to treat:
• High blood pressure (hypertension)
• Congestive heart failure (CHF)
• The prevention of stroke
• The prevention of further damage to the heart muscle after a heart attack
• The progression of kidney disease in patients with high blood pressure or diabetes
How ACE Inhibitors Work
ACE inhibitors block an enzyme that causes blood vessels to constrict. When blood vessels are relaxed, blood pressure is lower. Further, ACE inhibitors can decrease the amount of salt and water in the body, which also lowers blood pressure.
The information in this section is meant to provide a brief description of this medicine. It does not cover all of the possible uses, warnings, dosages, side effects, or interactions with other medicines and vitamin or herbal supplements. This information should not be used as medical advice for individual problems.
Texas Heart Institute www.texasheartinstitute.com/HIC/Topics/Meds/acemeds.cfm
United States Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/postmarketdrugsafetyinformationforpatientsandproviders/ucm102981.htm
Updated December 2015