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Is Avapro An Ace Inhibitor
Originally marketed under the trade name, avapro, (irbesartan) Irbesartan is now sold in generic form, produced by various manufacturers. It falls into the category of angiotensin receptor blockers or arbs. Dosages include 75, 150, and 300 mg tablets, as well as various combination forms with both 12.5 and 25mg doses of hydrochlorothiazide (hctz). Blocks a kidney mediated ...Read more
Blood Pressure Treat: Ace inhibitors block the conversion angiotensin i to angiotensin ii, which constricts the vessels, increases the following: salt retention in the kidney, sympathetic tone, aldosterone and ADH (vasopressin) (anti-diuretic hormone) secretion. The inhibition of this conversion decreases blood pressure and wall stress in the heart muscle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clonidine as an anti-hypertensive---is it an ACE inhibitor, arb, beta blocker? What class of medication is it in for hbp?
No Difference: Ace and arb both are used to treat hypertension by similar mechanisms. They decrease blood flow to part of the kidney that causes an overall decrease in total blood pressure. The only difference is that with an ace you can develop a persistent dry cough. Once this occurs, you have an allergy to the ace. The arb treats the BP without the cough. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Combination of meds: The answer to your question is a resounding "yes". These drugs combined have no interaction and may be needed to treat a patient's hypertension. ...Read more
Names say it all: Angiotensin converting enzyme(ace) inhibitor vs angiotensin receptor blocker(arb). The names really say it all. Angiotensin which raises blood pressure needs to be activated to work. Aces prevent that activition. Arbs directly block the activity of angiotensin. Both have similar effects but there is more evidence for heart protection with aces than arbs but slightly more side effects with aces. ...Read more