No, ACE Inhibitors is not some new exotic disease that has just been discovered. ACE inhibitors are an Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme and belong to the classification of medications that are used to treat high blood pressure and any other problems that are associated with blood pressure. When you take this prescription medication they will help to relax the muscles that are responsible for contracting your blood vessels. This will allow your blood vessels to dilate. The medication will help to reduce the strain on your kidneys and heart, and help to lower your blood pressure.
This enzyme is found naturally in your body. By activating the angiotensin chemical it will cause your blood pressure to rise. When you take ACE Inhibitors it will help to prevent the enzyme from activating that chemical and keeping your blood pressure low and within the normal ranges.
There are many different medical conditions that can be treated by ACE Inhibitors such as high blood pressure, kidney problems that can be associated with diabetes, and congestive heart failure to name a few. Some of the medicines in this class that can be prescribed include Benazepril, Ramipril, and Lisinopril. When taking ACE Inhibitors you can get them in capsule, liquids, intravenous, and tablet form. ACE Inhibitors will normally start to affect your body in an hour or two.
Common ACE Inhibitors side effects
The most common ACE Inhibitors side effects is having a cough that is persistent and dry. This side effect happens in approximately twenty percent of people who are taking ACE Inhibitors. This side effect affects more women than men and will normally start within seven to fourteen days after you start the medicine.
- Hypotension which is blood pressure that is abnormally low
- Kidney problems
- Edema, or swelling in your mouth, feet, hands, face
- Having difficulty in breathing or swallowing
- Abdominal swelling or pain
- Weakness, fatigue, fainting, or drowsiness
- Vomiting, nausea or upset stomach
- Pain, distention, or camps in your abdominal area
- Tachycardia which is having a rapid heartbeat
- Chest and joint pain
- Having an abnormal taste like a salty or metallic tastes
- Jaundice is rare but serious if you have it. It is one of the ACE Inhibitors side effects that you need to watch out for.
If you are pregnant you should not be on ACE Inhibitors as this medication could cause birth defects.
Severe ACE Inhibitors side effects
- Hyperkalemia which is showing an abnormal increase of your potassium level in your blood.
- People who are suffering from an existing kidney disease could experience acute kidney or renal failure. They may also have a decline in their kidney function.
ACE Inhibitors side effects that could indicate a severe allergic reactions
- Respiratory congestion
- Skin rashes
Sometimes when taking ACE Inhibitors it will cause a decrease in your white blood cells, leaving prone for an infection to develop. After the first dose of medication there is a possibility that you may have a “first dose effect.” At this time your blood pressure will drop quickly causing a person to feel nauseous, and dizzy. You may also faint. According to research the ACE Inhibitors side effects will mostly affect your cardiovascular system as this medication helps to stabilize your blood pressure.