These drugs disrupt your body’s ability to make Angiotensin II which is a naturally occurring substance therein. When it is absent, blood vessels are able to dilate, or enlarge, which contributes to the reduction of blood pressure levels. However, it is important to note that the body will be depleted of the increased water and sodium that Angiotensin II triggers through other hormones.
Generally, people will experience a dry cough as a side effect, however, much more serious effects may ensue. There’s the potential for:
- reduced appetite
- increased blood potassium
- changes in the flavor of foods.
ACE inhibitors are also linked to birth defects.