Some brand names of ACE inhibitors include Lotensin, Vasotec, Accupril, Capoten and Aceon, according to MedicineNet. Other brand names are Univasc, Epaned, Altace and Mavik. Some ACE inhibitors, such as Vaseretic and Zestoretic, are mixed with a diuretic, indicates WebMD.
ACE, or angiotensin-converting enzyme, inhibitors work by helping to decrease the production of angiotensin II to lower blood pressure, states MedicineNet. ACE inhibitors work in the same way, but some types of ACE inhibitors are more easily removed from the body than others. ACE inhibitors are mainly used to treat high blood pressure. By reducing high blood pressure in individuals with heart disease or kidney problems, ACE inhibitors help prevent strokes and untimely death. ACE inhibitors are also used to prolong life expectancies of patients with heart failure or hypertension.
Although most people do not experience side effects from taking ACE inhibitors, these medications do carry some potential risks, asserts WebMD. Coughing and headaches are minor side effects, but patients who get hives, heart palpitations, swelling or have difficulty breathing as a result of taking ACE inhibitors should seek immediate medical attention. Pregnant women should not take these medications, and individuals taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or potassium supplements should be aware of possible drug interactions with ACE inhibitors.