Most people with kidney disease can take angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. ACE inhibitors can slow kidney disease from getting worse by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow in the kidneys. That is why ACE inhibitors are often recommended for people with high blood pressure and kidney disease. People who have both diabetes and kidney disease may benefit the most from adding an ACE inhibitor to their treatment plan.

You will need regular check-ups to make sure the kidney disease isn’t getting worse. You will also need tests to check your potassium and other electrolyte levels. If kidney function does get worse or potassium levels get too high, you may have to stop taking the ACE inhibitor.

Be kind to your kidneys with ACE inhibitors!