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    [Ace inhibitors - are they diuretics too?]

    Author: Reenie Smith (---.snbrca.adelphia.net)

    Date: 08-23-02 17:15

    My husband's doctor is considering putting him on ace inhibitors in addition to beta blockers. I looked "ace inhibitor" up in the intellihealth dictionary and here is the quote:

    Main Entry: ACE inhibitor

    Pronunciation: 'As-, "A-(")sE-'E-

    Function: noun

    : 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

    Sounds to me like it is a diuretic too, but haven't talked to the doctor about it yet since we haven't made any changes to meds yet. Any thoughts?


    [Re: Ace inhibitors - are they diuretics too?]

    Author: Sarah B--Board Moderator (---.client.attbi.com)

    Date: 08-23-02 17:37

    Dear Reenie,

    Technically, ace-inhibitors are vaso-diolators/antihypertension drugs. However, you do have to be careful when taking them with diuretics as the Mayo Clinic.com's drug info says on them:

    Other Medicines

    Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking or receiving ACE inhibitors it is especially important that your health care professional know if you are taking any of the following:

    * Alcohol or

    * Diuretics (water pills) -- Effects on blood pressure may be increased. In addition, some diuretics make the increase in potassium in the blood caused by ACE inhibitors even greater

    * Potassium-containing medicines or supplements or

    * Salt substitutes or

    * Low-salt milk -- Use of these substances with ACE inhibitors may result in an unusually high potassium level in the blood, which can lead to heart rhythm and other problems

    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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