What medications can prevent my kidneys from getting worse

What medications can prevent my kidneys from getting worse

The first medications proven to delay the progression of kidney disease are a class of medications called angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors.

  • Doctors and other medical professionals call them ACE inhibitors for short.
  • These medications work by blocking an enzyme that activates a protein called angiotensin.
  • ACE inhibitors decrease blood flow to the glomeruli.
  • This decrease in blood flow will prevent scarring of the glomerulus and surrounding tissues.
  • ACE inhibitors lower blood pressure. They are most often taken once or twice a day.
  • They help prevent hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis.
  • ACE inhibitors are also helpful in preventing heart attacks and in the treatment of congestive heart failure.