Taking ACE Inhibitors

The name of my ACE inhibitor is:

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Why might I need an ACE inhibitor?

  • It helps you stay out of the hospital.

  • It helps you live longer.

  • It strengthens your heart and protects your kidneys.

  • It can help control your blood pressure.

  • It can reduce the risk of a heart attack.

Tips to help you

  • Follow the fact sheet that comes with your medicine. It tells you when and how to take it. Ask for a sheet if you don’t get one.

  • Have a routine for taking your medicine. Take it at the same time each day. A watch with an alarm or a mobile medical app that you can use on your smartphone can help.

  • Some ACE inhibitors should be taken on an empty stomach, 1 hour before a meal or 2 hours after a meal. Follow the instructions from your provider or on the information sheet of your medicine.

  • Don't change the dose or stop taking your medicine, unless your healthcare provider tells you to. It may take a few weeks for you to feel that the medicine is working.

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When should I call my healthcare provider?

Call your healthcare provider if:

  • You have diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or you are sweating. These can cause low blood pressure.

  • You have a dry, hacking cough or a sore throat.

  • You feel dizzy or faint, or have a headache.

  • You have any other unusual symptoms.

Tell your healthcare provider if you want to become pregnant or think you may be pregnant. ACE inhibitors can cause serious side effects to your unborn child. Your healthcare provider can prescribe medicine to replace your ACE inhibitor that may be safer to take while you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

Call 911

Call 911 if:

  • You have trouble breathing or swallowing, or swelling in your face, mouth, lips, arms, lower legs, ankles, or feet. These may be signs of an allergic reaction.

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