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Back to Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

Brand Name: Altace
Name: Ramipril

Pregnancy Category C

Drug classes

Mechanism of action of Altace

Altace blocks ACE from converting angiotensin I to angiotensin II, a powerful vasoconstrictor, leading to decreased blood pressure, decreased aldosterone secretion, a small increase in serum potassium levels, and sodium and fluid loss; increased prostaglandin synthesis also may be involved in the antihypertensive action.

Indications of Altace

Contraindications/cautions of Altace

  • The presence of allergy to Altace
  • pregnancy (embryocidal in preclinical studies)

Use caution in the presence of

Adverse effects of Altace

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