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Doctor insights on: Ace Inhibitors

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What are ACE inhibitors used for?

What are ACE inhibitors used for?

Heart and kidney: Ace inhibitors are blood pressure medications used for blood pressure treatment. They also have effects independent of the blood pressure effect on the heart, particularly for people with heart failure, and on the kidneys, particulaly for people who have diabetic-induced kidney disease with protein in the urine. ...Read more

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Effect of ACE inhibitors making you feel calmer?

Effect of ACE inhibitors  making you feel calmer?

No: There is a common misconception that calm people don't have hypertension and treating antihypertensives will calm people. Overall that is not the case. There may be one exception.Beta blockers block adrenaline which can make one feel calmer. Acei other antihypertensives usually do not result in people feeling calmer. ...Read more

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What medications are classified as ACE inhibitors?

What medications are classified as ACE inhibitors?

They end in -pril: Look at the generic medication name. If it ends in "pril" it's an ace inhibitor. Common ones: lisinopril, enalapril, captopril, ramipril etc. Their cousins, arbs end in "artan" as in losartan, irbasartan, etc... ...Read more

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What are the distinctions between ACE inhibitors and arbs?

What are the distinctions between ACE inhibitors and arbs?

Ace vs arb: They are drugs which block functions at different points in the same pathway. Ace blocks an enzyme and arb blocks a receptor, their effects are similar. It's something like either cutting a wire to a spark plug or damaging the plug itself. Either way you don't get a spark. ...Read more

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Why do ACE inhibitors cause hyperkalemia?

Why do ACE inhibitors cause hyperkalemia?

Block aldosterone: The primary mechanism of action of a ace inhibitors is to interrupt the renin angiotensin system. One of the results is reduced aldosterone synthesis. Aldosterone is an important hormone responsible for regulating potassium excretion by the kidney. Thus blocking aldosterone reduces the capacity of the kidney to excrete potassium. ...Read more

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Which are better ACE inhibitors or arb's?

They are equal: Both are effective and safe, some people get a dry cough on the ace inhibitors, but otherwise, they are well tolerated. ...Read more

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How do ACE inhibitors reverse microalbuminuria?

How do ACE inhibitors reverse microalbuminuria?

Unclear: I don't believe that the mechanism is well understood but they do act on the renal glomerulus, improving membrane integrity, reducing protein leakage, and thus do help microalbumenuria. In addition, they also lower blood pressure which is also beneficial. ...Read more