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ACE Inhibitors


  • ​May prevent damage to the heart muscle after a heart attack.
  • Can prevent further damage to an already weakened heart.
  • 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 (very common)
  • rash
  • rapid swelling of the lips or face
  • low blood pressure
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • altered sense of taste
  • headache

​Common Names

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