Take your angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor at the same time every day. Most ACE inhibitors are taken once a day, and they work for 24 hours. For most types of ACE inhibitors, you decide what works best for your schedule – morning or night. It doesn’t matter, as long as you take your ACE inhibitor at the same time every day.
Most ACE inhibitors can be taken with or without food. However, three types of ACE inhibitors must be taken on an empty stomach. If you take one of these three medicines, take it at least 1 hour before a meal or 2 hours after a meal. These ACE inhibitors are:
- captopril (Capoten)
- moexipril (Univasc)
- perindopril (Coversyl, Coversum, Aceon)
Take your medicine at a time you will remember. Be sure to take it around the same time every day. This keeps your blood pressure at a smooth level. No big ups or downs.
Some people use day-of-the-week pillboxes or an alarm to remind them. Use what works for you to stay on schedule.
The same time every day, that’s the way!