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What is an ACE inhibitor/medicine?

What is an ACE inhibitor/medicine?

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 more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Irbesartan (Definition)

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


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Which is better, ACE inhibitor vs. Arb in layman terms please?

Which is better, ACE inhibitor vs. Arb in layman terms please?

Depends: Amer heart assoc recommends both. If you have diabetes, an ace inhibitor is a good choice since it may protect against diabetic kidney disease. You & your doctor should discuss alternative treatments for htn. If you have certain kinds of heart disease, then a beta blocker or diuretic may be a better choice. That's why it's best to discuss treatment with your doctor. ...Read more

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I take lisinopril, an ACE inhibitor. Are there any good alternatives?

I take lisinopril, an ACE inhibitor. Are there any good alternatives?

Lisinopril choices: Lisinopril is a member of the ace-inhibitor (a) class of drugs. It not only reduces blood pressure, it also reduces proteinuria. The most common adverse effect of drugs of a class is a dry cough. Another class of drugs, call angiotensin receptor blockers (arb) can do the same two things and have a much lower reported incidence of cough. Ask your physician for more advice. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an ACE inhibitor and a diuretic on kidney?

What is the difference between an ACE inhibitor and a diuretic on kidney?

ACE diuretic: ACE blocks conversion of Angio I to II and if BP falls a lot kidneys may fail. Diuretics get rid of salt Na at different parts of renal tubule. Google this for more details. I specialize in high blood pressure and happy to do 2nd opinion. Live. ...Read more

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Is there any new therapy for memebranous nephritis other than ACE inhibitor?

Is there any new therapy for memebranous nephritis other than ACE inhibitor?

Membranous nephritis: The answer to your question is too long to explain here. This link lists the most current therapies for membranous glomerulonephritis (mg): http://www. Edren. Org/pages/edreninfo/membranous-nephropathy. Php speak to your nephrologist (n) to get your n's opinion. Ace-i's can reduce proteinuria and are not the only drugs used to treat mg. Speak to your n for more advice in your case. ...Read more

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Test for sarcoidosis, ACE inhibitor results normal. Does this definitively rule it out?

Test for sarcoidosis, ACE inhibitor results normal. Does this definitively rule it out?

Not definitively: This does not completely rule out sarcoidosis. Work up includes thorough evaluation med history, exam and several tests may be indicated depending on other symptoms. Lesions of sarcoidosis often secrete the ACE enzyme. Not always high. You listed Chest XR as completed. Often ordered. More tests on lungs if needed. Possible biopsy of any lesions such as the rash you listed, if indicated ...Read more

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Have any undesirable effects been seen in long term use of the blood pressure drugs of the ACE inhibitor class?

Same as short-term: Analyses have not shown any clear risks, including with regards to risk of cancer. Risks over long-term appear to mimic that seen in short-term use (e.g. Risk of hi potassium, kidney function abnormalities); sometimes this can show up after years on the medicine. There may even be benefits to chronic use (apart from intended benefits), such as lower risk of diabetes or atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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The beta blocker had too many side effects and did not reduce BP well enough. Ace inhibitor is now substituted. Could this reduce the pressure better?

The beta blocker had too many side effects and did not reduce BP well enough. Ace inhibitor is now substituted. Could this reduce the pressure better?

Depending on Pt: Each pt is different. People respond to different meds differently. Some pts ace inhibitor works very well. Some pts it does not. We have to try one med at a time and see if it works. If it doesn't will try next option. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what the ACE inhibitor is?

Type of BP med: An ace inhibitor, or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, is a type of blood pressure medication to control high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Is atenelol an ACE inhibitor?

ACE or BB?: Not it is a BB. Happy to do 2nd opinion as specialize in high blood pressure for over 50 years. ...Read more

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Hbp #: if there were to be unwanted side effects for a prescribed ACE inhibitor, would it be more prevalent with an extended release form, or not?

Hbp #: if there were to be unwanted side effects for a prescribed ACE inhibitor, would it be more prevalent with an extended release form, or not?

No difference: Side effects form the medication are no different whether given as short- or long-acting. You may feel the effect of the medication more with short-acting forms (such as lightheaded with BP meds as it brings the pressure down). The most common side effect from ace is cough which occurs with either form. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a beta blocker for hbp may give minimal lowering results but a switch to an ACE inhibitor may result in better lowering results?

Hypertension: Various medications can have varied effectiveness in different patients. Beta blocker is not a highly potent antihypertensive. Ace inhibitors are effective but not always more so than beta blockers. ...Read more

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Can an ace-inhibitor 20 mg. Tab be cut in half and taken twice daily, instead of one time, since it reduces (it's working) side effects in a patient?

Can an ace-inhibitor 20 mg. Tab be cut in half and taken twice daily, instead of one time, since it reduces (it's working) side effects in a patient?

Depends: I agree that twice daily dosing in clinical trials has somewhat better effects on the neuroendocrine system, however many pills are not safe to split--especially extended release formulations. It depends on the manufacturer. Aceon, mavik, (trandolapril) and univasc may be splittable ace inhibitors if you are trying to save money, but please consult your doctor first! Don't split non-scored pills! ...Read more

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Explain ACE inhibitor use as a anti hypertensive?

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. ...Read more

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Does ACE inhibitor as a cure for hypertension decrease sexual urges?

Not typically: Not typically but I've had some patients say otherwise so I listen to them & pick alternatives & see if things improve. ...Read more

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Is ACE inhibitor such as captropil effective as an antihypertensive or everyone?

Is ACE inhibitor such as captropil effective as an antihypertensive or everyone?

1size never fits all: In medicine, one size doesn't fit all. An ace inhibitor may be more appropriate if you have diabetes, since it can protect the kidneys from diabetic damage. If you have cardiac problems, a beta blocker may be more appropriate. Sometimes, a pt needs to use more than one HTN medication. This is why you & your doctor should discuss which blood pressure med is best in your p[articular case. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ACE inhibitor and angiotensin receptor antagonist?

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 activation. 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

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Is an ACE inhibitor good for your arteries and inflammation? I'm on 10mg ramipril

Yes: I too love that agent. We believe it has paracrine characteristics that provide a safer milieu for the vascular tree above and beyond simple blood pressure control. Good choice of meds ...Read more

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Could my calcium channel blocker and ACE inhibitor make me feel tired all the time?

The calcium: Channel blocker might if your hr is too low or the combination if your HTN is overtreated. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Avapro (Definition)

Avapro is an angiotensin II blocker which is a kind of blood ...Read more