Cardiac Medications

Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACE-inhibitors)

Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACE-inhibitors)
Captopril (Capoten)
Enalapril (Vasotec) VASOTEC® Patient Information Sheet (not yet developed)
Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)
Ramipril (Altace) ALTACE® Patient Information Sheet
Quinapril (Accupril)
Fosinopril (Monopril)
Cilazapril (Inhibace)
Perindopril (Coversyl)
COVERSYL® Patient Information Sheet
Trandolapril (Mavik) MAVIK® Patient Information Sheet

These agents are members of a special group of vasodilators known as ACE Inhibitors. These agents block the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II which is an intrinsic (natural) substance that causes constriction of blood vessels and can lead to fluid retention. In addition to their use in the treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure, these agents have been shown to reduce hospitalization and improve prognosis in patients with weakened hearts after a heart attack or from other causes.

The major side effect of ACE inhibitors is a dry non-productive cough. Sometimes these agents can cause swelling of the throat and if this occurs, stop the medication and contact your physician. As these medications lower blood pressure (BP), dizziness can occur. If this happens, contact your physician.

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