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is benicar (olmesartan) an ace inhibitor?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Olmesartan: Olmesartan(benicar)is not an ace inhibitor. It is an angiotensin receptor blocker. It acts further along the same pathway as an ace inhibitor and produces similar effects.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
ACE": No: it is an ARB. I specialize in high blood pressure and happy to do 2nd opinion. Live.

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Can I use an ACE wrap to ease fibromyalgia and/or raynaud's?

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine 40 years experience
Muscle Pain: Ace wraps do not usually relieve the pain from either fibromyalgia or raynaud's. Raynaud's benefits from heat. Fibromyalgia requires a comprehensive program to help with the pain syndrome.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What sort of blood pressure problem requires the use of an ACE inhibitor?

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Cardiology 49 years experience
Any, if tolerated: Ace inhibitors are a cornerstone of almost any hypertensive patient, especially if a patient has diabetes or heart failure. Monitoring of kidney tests and potassium and watching for cough or rarely rashes or swelling of the lips and eyelids are adverse effects that need medical attention.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Explain ACE inhibitor use as a anti hypertensive?

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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
Relaxes vasc muscle: Angiotensin i is a hormone that is converted to angiotensin ii with the help of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ace). Angiotensin ii is a very powerful constrictor of vascular muscle and in doing so increases the pressure inside the vessels (the blood pressure). If you inhibit (or neutralize) the ace then you don't produce as much angiotensin ii and the BP does not increase.
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A 82-year-old member asked:

Why might an arb be more effective in stabilizing blood pressure than an ACE inhibitor?

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Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine 21 years experience
ARB vs. ACE: Different people respond to blood pressure medications differently -- so in some people, an arb may be more potent than an ace, and in others vice versa. These medications work at different parts of the renin-angiotensin pathway.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What's difference between olmesartan and valsartan?

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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal medicine 37 years experience
Very little: They are two different medications in the same class of antihypertensives. They are both angiotensin receptor blockers or arb's.

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