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What is Aceon®?

Tricia Christensen
Updated May 17, 2024
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Aceon® (perindopril) is a medication, also sold under names like Coversyl®, which is used to treat some forms of heart disease and especially some types of high blood pressure. This drug belongs to a medicine group called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and in general these pharmaceuticals lower ACE in the body, which can help widen the blood vessels reduce hypertension. There are many ACE inhibitors and doctors will decide which ones, if any, are most appropriate to treat cardiovascular conditions. For some people, Aceon® may be the perfect choice.

When hypertension is present, reducing blood pressure medically can be highly sensible. With ACE inhibitors like Aceon® some of the benefits of the drug may extend beyond lowering blood pressure. Since higher blood pressure increases risk for conditions like stroke or heart attack, there can be benefit in using the medicine for prevention of these serious and life-threatening diseases. It should be noted that it’s unlikely an ACE inhibitor would be recommended unless a hypertensive condition exists first or unless another cardiac condition exists that might benefit from treatment.

As with all medications, Aceon® is not for everyone. It is specifically contraindicated for use by women who are pregnant or who are trying to get pregnant because it can cause serious birth defects. Other medications or medical conditions might interfere with perindopril. Special care is needed if this medicine is taken by people with certain kidney or liver disorders, and it’s recommended that people don’t consume alcohol if they use Aceon®. Sometimes perindopril is not the preferred treatment for those with certain autoimmune or connective tissue disorders such as lupus, Marfan’s, or scleroderma.

There are a number of medications that may interact with Aceon®. These include lithium and certain diuretics. Perindopril might be taken with these given changes to dosing or behaviors. Giving doctors a full list of all medicines and supplements taken can avoid other interactions.

Some people are allergic to ACE inhibitors. If they’re allergic to one they may be allergic to all. Allergy with signs of difficulty breathing, swollen face, lips, or tongue, and presence of hives is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention.

Some of the basic side effects that are reported with Aceon® include chronic cough and nasal congestion, aches and pains in the muscles and joints, trouble sleeping or drowsiness, stomach upset, slight dizzy sensations, or minor rash. Some people will not experience any of these or will only experience for a short time. More serious side effects that need immediate medical consultation include yellow skin, pain in the chest, symptoms of flu, light-headedness, fever, mouth blisters, and pounding heart.

Another thing people must watch for with perindopril is ease at which dehydration can occur. People are cautioned to drink plenty of water, be sure to take their medicine with a full glass of water, and see a doctor promptly if they have stomach illnesses that make it difficult to retain fluids. Dehydration can quickly unbalance electrolytes and lead to serious illness.

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Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen , Writer
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a WiseGeek contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.

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