What is ramipril?

Ozgen Dogan
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Ramipril works to open up the blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure. It blocks an enzyme called angiotensin which causes blood vessels to constrict. Other medicines in this group are enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril, fosinopril, quanapril, perindopril, benazepril and trandolapril. Their trade names can change from country to country, but they all end with "pril." They are a very good choice especially if you have diabetes and heart disease. They protect your kidneys from both high blood pressure and diabetes.
Ramipril is the active ingredient in a medication for hypertension (high blood pressure). It is also sometimes used to help prevent heart attacks and stroke in people with hypertension. Ramipril helps relax blood vessels by blocking a enzyme process that creates a strong constrictor. It is in a group called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor.

Continue Learning about ACE Inhibitor

Why are ACE inhibitor medications beneficial if I have diabetes?
American Diabetes AssociationAmerican Diabetes Association
An angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor is an oral medicine that lowers blood pressure. For...
More Answers
How effective are angiotensin receptor blockers for heart failure?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
ARBs are sometimes considered as alternatives to ACE inhibitors for people with heart failure after ...
More Answers
Can I take blood pressure medication if I have diabetes?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
If you have diabetes, it is important to keep certain factors in mind if you have high blood pressur...
More Answers
What are ACE inhibitor drugs for coronary artery disease management?
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MDDr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
ACE inhibitors relax blood vessels by reducing the level of angiotensin II, a hormone that makes blo...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.