ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors help relax blood vessels and make it easier for your heart to pump blood. They may help you feel better, have fewer symptoms and live longer.
They are used to treat heart failure, high blood pressure or if you have had a heart attack. ACE inhibitors will help you even if you don't have these problems.
You may have to take ACE inhibitors for several weeks before you notice any changes.
Common ACE inhibitors include:
Don't take non-steroidal anti inflammatory (NSAID) medicines, such as ibuprofen (Advil®, Aleve®, Motrin®) if you are taking ACE/ARB medicines.
Most people have few side effects from ACE inhibitors. Call your health care provider if you have any of these side effects:
Some side effects may go away as your body adjusts to the ACE inhibitor. If any of the following side effects won't go away or if they bother you, call your health care provider:
ACE inhibitors may increase the amount of potassium in your body. Call your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fifth edition, 1-931876-20-7
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