Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

ACE inhibitors treat a variety of conditions, such as high blood pressure, scleroderma and migraines. Find out more about this class of medication.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors help relax blood vessels. ACE inhibitors prevent an enzyme in your body from producing angiotensin II, a substance in your body that narrows your blood vessels and releases hormones that can raise your blood pressure. This narrowing can cause high blood pressure and force your heart to work harder.

Examples of ACE inhibitors

Many ACE inhibitors are available. Which one is best for you depends on your health and the condition being treated. People with chronic kidney disease may benefit from having an ACE inhibitor as one of their medications. Black and older people respond less well to ACE inhibitors than do white and younger people.

Examples of ACE inhibitors include:

  • Benazepril (Lotensin)
  • Captopril
  • Enalapril (Vasotec)
  • Fosinopril
  • Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)
  • Moexipril
  • Perindopril (Aceon)
  • Quinapril (Accupril)
  • Ramipril (Altace)
  • Trandolapril (Mavik)
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