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Prinivil Uses

How Does Prinivil Work?

Prinivil is part of a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme. Prinivil helps to block the action of the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, Prinivil causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
 
By helping blood vessels relax, Prinivil also increases the efficiency of the heart. This means that the heart does not have to work as hard and more blood can be pumped out to the rest of the body. Both of these are helpful for a person with congestive heart failure.
 

Prinivil Uses in Children

Prinivil has been approved for the treatment of high blood pressure in children 6 years of age and older.
 

Off-Label Prinivil Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Prinivil for treating something other than the conditions listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Off-label uses of Prinivil include the treatment of kidney problems in people with scleroderma (which is hardening and thickening of the skin).
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