Aceon is commonly prescribed to help control high blood pressure. The medication, which works by blocking the angiotensin-converting enzyme, causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure. The drug comes in tablet form and is available in several strengths. Potential side effects may include back pain, cough, and upper respiratory infections.
Aceon® (perindopril erbumine) is a prescription medication that has been licensed for controlling high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults. However, it is not a cure for high blood pressure.
Aceon is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors for short.
(Click What Is Aceon Used For? for more information on the medication's uses, including possible off-label uses.)
Aceon is manufactured by Solvay Pharmaceuticals.
Aceon helps to block the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes the blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, the medication causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example, 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure.
During clinical studies in people taking Aceon, systolic blood pressure decreased on average by 9 to 15 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) and diastolic blood pressure decreased by 5 to 6 mmHg on average. The higher the dose, the greater the drop in blood pressure tended to be.
By lowering blood pressure, this drug can decrease the risks that are typically seen with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).