- captopril (brand name: CAPOTEN), lisinopril (brand names: ZESTRIL and PRINIVIL), quinapril (brand name: ACCUPRIL), and ramipril (brand name: ALTACE).
ACE inhibitors may slow the progress of diabetic kidney disease in middle-aged persons with type 2 diabetes. Some (but not all) experts have therefore recommended giving ACE inhibitors to all middle-aged type 2 diabetics. (Reference: Annals of Internal Medicine 1999;131:660-667, 707-708.) Historically, it is interesting that the ACE inhibitors were originally developed from the venom of a poisonous Brazilian snake.
* * *ACE inhibitor 'ās-, .ā-(.)sē-'ē- n any of a group of antihypertensive drugs (as captopril) that relax arteries and promote renal excretion of salt and water by inhibiting the activity of an angiotensin converting enzyme
* * *angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor: any one of a group of drugs used in the treatment of raised blood pressure and heart failure. ACE inhibitors act by interfering with the action of the enzyme that converts the inactive angiotensin I to the powerful artery constrictor angiotensin II. The absence of this substance allows arteries to widen and the blood pressure to drop. ACE inhibitors are administered by mouth; they include captopril, enalapril, perindopril (Coversyl), and ramipril (Tritace). Possible side-effects include weakness, dizziness, loss of appetite, and skin rashes.
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