What are the side effects of ACE inhibitors?
Possible ACE inhibitor side effects include:
- Dry cough.
- Increased blood-potassium level (hyperkalemia)
- Loss of taste.
ACE inhibitors lower your blood pressure by reducing angiotensin II in your body. This allows your blood vessels to relax and widen, making it easier for blood to flow through. It also lowers the amount of water your body retains, which lowers your blood pressure.
- Lotrel (amlodipine besylate and benazepril hydrochloride) is a combination of an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and a calcium channel blocker used for treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) that is resistant to treatment by either amilodipine or benzapril alone.
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are heart medications that widen, or dilate, your blood vessels. That increases the amount of blood your heart pumps and lowers blood pressure. They also raise blood flow, which helps to lower your heart's workload.
- ACE inhibitors are associated with a dry, persistent cough in 5%-35% of patients who take them. The mechanism of cough is likely multifactorial. ACE inhibitors prevent the breakdown of bradykinin and substance P, resulting in an accumulation of these protussive mediators in the respiratory tract.
Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor and works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. Hydrochlorothiazide is a "water pill" (diuretic) that causes you to make more urine, which helps your body get rid of extra salt and water. This product is used when one drug is not controlling your blood pressure.
- Medications that can cause urinary incontinence
Medication Effect Symptoms Muscle relaxants and sedatives such as diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), lorazepam (Ativan) Cause sedation or drowsiness; relax the urethra Frequent urination, stress incontinence, lack of concern or desire to use the toilet
- Examples of ACE inhibitors include: benazepril (Lotensin) captopril (Capoten) enalapril (Vasotec)
- Diuretic use: Medications used to treat high blood pressure or fluid buildup work in the kidney and flush excess fluid from the body, causing frequent urination. The bladder contracts even when it contains small amounts of urine, causing more frequent urination.
Updated: 2nd October 2019