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Make sure you know about each of the medicines you take. This includes why you take it, how to take it, what you can expect while you're taking it, and any warnings about the medicine.
The information provided here is general. So be sure to read the information that came with your medicine. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
ACE inhibitors are used for many heart and blood vessel problems. For example, they may be used if you have:
ACE inhibitors are safe and effective medicines that help you feel better and live longer. They can help prevent many heart and blood vessel problems.
Here are some examples of ACE inhibitors. For each item in the list, the generic name is first, followed by any brand names.
This is not a complete list of ACE inhibitors.
A dry cough is one of the most common side effects of ACE inhibitors. But most people don't get a cough. Some people feel dizzy or lightheaded when they use ACE inhibitors.
General information about side effects
All medicines can cause side effects. Many people don't have side effects. And minor side effects sometimes go away after a while.
But sometimes side effects can be a problem or can be serious.
If you're having problems with side effects, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to lower your dose or change to a different medicine.
You will likely have regular blood tests to monitor how the medicine is working in your body and to see if this medicine is causing problems.
Always be sure you get specific information on the medicine you're taking. For a full list of side effects, check the information that came with the medicine you're using. If you have questions, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
General cautions for all medicines include the following:
Always tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines you take. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. That information will help prevent serious problems.
Always be sure you get specific information on the medicine you're taking. For a full list of warnings, check the information that came with the medicine you're using. If you have questions, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Current as of:
December 16, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Current as of: December 16, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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