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What should I know before taking ACE inhibitors?

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
You should not take an ACE inhibitor if you have ever shown signs of intolerance when taking one in the past.

You should not take an ACE inhibitor if you are breastfeeding. The medication is believed to be passed on in milk, and may harm a nursing child.

If you have had angioedema, you should not take an ACE inhibitor.

If you have kidney disease, an ACE inhibitor may not be a good option for you. 

If you have liver disease, an ACE inhibitor may not be a good option for you.

If you have renal artery stenosis, an ACE inhibitor may not be a good option for you.

If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or believe you may be pregnant, you should not take an ACE inhibitor.

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