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Old 10-02-2006, 02:16 PM   #1
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What is the best Ace Inhibitor?

I presently take clonidine .01mg 5 x's/day. I need to add something else to the mix to get better control of my bp. I am very sensitive to drugs and have really been thru alot. Thought I would try an Ace. I have already tried the diuretics and they made my heart race real bad. I am salt sensitive but couldn't handle the Ccb's. Any suggestion on a good Ace to try?

 
Old 10-03-2006, 10:40 AM   #2
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Re: What is the best Ace Inhibitor?

I think Altace is the best. It seems to slow the heartrate a tiny bit instead of making it race as some of the others do.
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Old 10-04-2006, 05:12 AM   #3
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Re: What is the best Ace Inhibitor?

Consumer Reports did a study based on effectiveness, convenience and cost and found:
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For high blood pressure: benazepril, enalapril, and lisinopril
For heart failure: enalapril, captopril
After a heart attack: lisinopril
For diabetics: ramipril (Altace)
For people with kidney disease: benazepril, ramipril (Altace)
Four of these medicines are low-cost or moderately priced generics. All have been proven to be just as effective as or superior to other ACEIs. One Best Buy - ramipril (Altace) - is a brand-name drug for which no generic copy is yet available. Altace is moderately priced.
Personally, I would start with either the lisinopril or captopril and hope I wouldn't cough. (For me they are OUT because I couughed my head off with enalapril when it was the only ACE (Vasotec.)
Diabetics would probably be wise to start with the higher priced Altace.

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Old 10-04-2006, 08:37 AM   #4
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Re: What is the best Ace Inhibitor?

Cassiebel or Lenin:

Are you saying that the ACE's make your heart race? If so that is the last thing I need. Too bad I can't handle Beta Blockers because I know they slow the heart rate down. I tried a Beta Blocker with Clonidine and I was like a zombie. Couldn't handle that. I get really depressed because I am so addicted to the Clonidine.

 
Old 10-06-2006, 03:57 PM   #5
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Re: What is the best Ace Inhibitor?

First of all, here's a website Re: Clonidine you should look at
[url]http://www.*****.com/drugs/drug-11754-Clonidine+Oral.aspx?drugid=11754&drugnam e=Clonidine+Oral[/url]

It says you should only be taking it, 2 times a day. I was on it for about 3 months and was taken off it, because it lowered my pressure quickly, then it would go back up. I only took it once a day. I would check with another doctor.

 
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Re: What is the best Ace Inhibitor?

By the way, Lisinopril seems to work fine for me as an Ace Inhibitor.

 
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Cassiebel or Lenin:

Are you saying that the ACE's make your heart race? If so that is the last thing I need. Too bad I can't handle Beta Blockers because I know they slow the heart rate down. I tried a Beta Blocker with Clonidine and I was like a zombie. Couldn't handle that. I get really depressed because I am so addicted to the Clonidine.
No, Altace slows my heart rate a tiny bit, although, my doc says it won't. ACEI should not cause any increase in the heart rate.

 
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Cassiebel or Lenin:

Are you saying that the ACE's make your heart race? If so that is the last thing I need. Too bad I can't handle Beta Blockers because I know they slow the heart rate down. I tried a Beta Blocker with Clonidine and I was like a zombie. Couldn't handle that. I get really depressed because I am so addicted to the Clonidine.
No, ACEI's don't affect your heart rate.

 
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Cassiebel or Lenin:

Are you saying that the ACE's make your heart race? If so that is the last thing I need. Too bad I can't handle Beta Blockers because I know they slow the heart rate down. I tried a Beta Blocker with Clonidine and I was like a zombie. Couldn't handle that. I get really depressed because I am so addicted to the Clonidine.
I have taken three diferent ACEI over the years. Vasotec, Lisinopril, & Altace. only the altace had any effect on my heart rate and that was just a slight drop, like from 70 doen to 65. I do like Altace the best but if you have to pay full price it is expensive. The others all have a generic equivalent.

 
Old 10-12-2006, 08:27 AM   #10
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Re: What is the best Ace Inhibitor?

Thank you all for your information. Don't know what I would do without this Board. Seems I get more understanding and insight here than the doctor's office.

 
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