Angioedema Side Effect
ACE Inhibitors : Benazepril (Lotensin), Captopril, Enalapril (Vasotec), Fosinopril, Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), Moexipril (Univasc), Perindopril (Aceon), Quinapril (Accupril), Ramipril (Altace), Trandolapril (Mavik)
Angioedema is a serious, potentially life-threatening side effect to certain medications, and has been reported among ACE inhibitor patients. In some ACE Inhibitor users, the blood vessels can excessively widen, usually around the eyes, mouth, or throat, until they leak fluid into nearby tissues causing sudden swelling of the tissue under the skin. If rapid swelling of the tongue or throat occurs, ACE Inhibitor angioedema can be fatal as airway obstruction and suffocation can occur. Cases where angioedema progresses rapidly should be treated as a medical emergency. Unfortunately, there is no antidote for ACE Inhibitor angioedema. The only treatment is to insert a breathing tube, or make an incision in the throat. However, if swelling occurs too rapidly, neither of these treatments may be possible.