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Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors


  • Helps your heart muscle to heal after a heart attack
  • Can prevent further damage to an already weakened heart
  • Can help to control high blood pressure
  • Protects your kidneys if you are living with diabetes or kidney disease
  • Protects your arteries and reduces the chance that you will have a heart attack or stroke if you had one of these events or are at high risk of having one


  • ​​​Prescribed for patients with high blood pressure or heart failure
  • ​​​Expands (opens up) blood vessels to lower blood pressure and increase the amount of blood the heart pumps

Potential Side Effects

  • Dry cough (common)
  • Rash
  • Rapid swelling of your lips or face
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache

Common Names

  • Benazepril (Lotensin®)
  • Captopril (Capoten®)
  • Cilazapril (Inhibace®, Zapril®)
  • Enalapril (Vasotec®)
  • Fosinopril (Monopril®)
  • Lisinopril (Prinivil®, Zestril®)
  • Moexipril (Univasc®)
  • Perindopril (Coversyl®, Aceon®)
  • Quinapril (Accupril®)
  • Ramipril (Altace®)
  • Trandolapril (Mavik®)

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