Heart & Blood Conditions

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THE SAFETY OF ACE INHIBITORS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

THIS MEDICATION CAN CAUSE HARM TO YOUR BABY: ACE inhibitors have been shown to cause birth defects when taken during pregnancy.

 

What are ACE inhibitors?

ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors are heart medications used to decrease blood pressure. They also reduce strain on your heart and make it easier for your heart to pump blood. Types of ACE inhibitors that are available include: ramipril (Altace), benazepril (Lotensin), lisinopril (Prinivil or Zestril), enalapril (Vasotec or Epaned), quinapril (Accupril), captopril (Capoten), perindopril (Aceon), trandolapril (Mavik), fosinopril (Monopril), and moexipril (Univasc). These medications are only available by prescription from your doctor.   


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