Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors have earned an important place in medical therapy since their discovery about two decades ago. This family of drug has grown tremendously since the introduction of captopril in 1981. There are currently more than 14 ACE inhibitors in the world and 9 are available in the United States. Although these agents share many similarities, they differ in their pharmacokinetic properties, approved indications, and cost. This paper provides guidance for selection of ACE inhibitors by examining the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug interactions, adverse effects, and cost of these agents. Combination products of ACE inhibitors with either diuretics or calcium channel blockers also are reviewed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Pharmacology|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)