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ACE Inhibitors (Angiotension-converting enzyme)

Cardiovascular MedicationsI recently started taking what my doctor called an ACE inhibitor. This is to treat my hypertension. Can I still dive while taking this medicine?

ACE(angiotension-converting enzyme)
inhibitors have less effect on exercise than
beta blockers, so doctors prescribe them for
people who exercise more often. Although
ACE inhibitors seem to have fewer adverse
effects on divers, they can produce a cough
and airway swelling: both conditions can
cause severe problems underwater. Most
people can usually tolerate a mild cough on
land, but if a cough due to the drug persists, many physicians will change medications. In the presence of kidney disease, ACE inhibitors should be avoided.