Harvard Heart Letter

Common blood pressure drugs can trigger rare allergic reaction

Taking an ACE inhibitor? Tell your doctor if you notice any swelling of your lips or tongue.

In the world of cardiovascular drugs, ACE inhibitors are all-stars. These blood vessel-widening drugs lower blood pressure, ease the workload of an ailing heart, and ward off kidney disease in people with diabetes. Examples include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), and lisinopril (Prinivil).

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