Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors

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The angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are a widely used class of antihypertensive medications that act by blocking the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II, thus inhibiting an intermediate step in the renin-angiotensin pathway. The ACE inhibitors are rare causes of clinically apparent liver injury.

The ACE inhibitors act by blocking the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II, the active peptide that causes the vasoconstriction and sodium retention induced by activation of the renin-angiotensin pathway. The ACE inhibitors are considered first line drugs for the therapy of hypertension and are considered particularly helpful in preventing the renal complications of diabetes and high blood pressure. ACE inhibitors are sometimes used even in patients with relatively normal blood pressure for treatment of heart failure and prevention of diabetic neuropathy. Currently, there are 10 ACE inhibitors approved for use in the United States: captopril (Capoten: 1981), enalapril (Vasotec: 1985), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril: 1987), benazepril (Lotensin: 1991), fosinopril (Monopril: 1991), quinapril (Accupril: 1991), ramipril (Altase: 1991), perindopril (Aceon: 1993), moexipril (Univasc: 1995), and trandolapril (Mavik: 1996).

All of the currently used ACE inhibitors are associated with a low rate of serum enzyme elevations during chronic therapy (0.2% to 2%) which is minimally different from the rate of elevations during placebo therapy. The aminotransferase elevations are usually mild-to-moderate in severity, self limited, and rarely require dose modification or drug discontinuation.

As a class, the ACE inhibitors have also been associated with instances of acute liver injury that is usually cholestatic and self limited in course. Clinically apparent liver injury from ACE inhibitors is, however, rare. The onset is typically within 1 to 8 weeks of starting the medication. Immunoallergic features (fever, rash, eosinophilia) can occur, but are rarely prominent. Autoantibody formation is uncommon. The largest numbers of cases of clinically apparent liver injury have been reported with captopril and enalapril. At present, however, lisinopril seems to be the most common cause of clinically apparent liver injury due to ACE inhibitors. Published cases of lisinopril liver injury have been somewhat distinctive, typically presenting with a hepatocellular pattern of serum enzyme elevations and a potentially severe course, which can be fatal. This pattern is less common with the other ACE inhibitors. Strikingly, several of the ACE inhibitors have been associated with instances of acute liver injury arising after 1 to 4 years of therapy, a distinctly unusual pattern. In some situations, the acute liver injury follows a escalation in drug dose, but in other situations there seems to be little explanation for the sudden onset of hepatic injury after years of safe use.

Persons who develop clinically apparent liver injury from an ACE inhibitor usually (but not always) have a recurrence when switched to another ACE inhibitor. Thus, if this class of antihypertensive agents is felt to be necessary, careful monitoring after starting the new agent is warranted.

The different ACE inhibitors are discussed separately, although the clinically apparent liver injury associated with their use is somewhat similar. Some of the less commonly used ACE inhibitors have not been linked to cases of hepatotoxicity, but all should be at least suspected of causing clinically apparent liver injury. References on their safety and hepatotoxicity are given together after this introduction.



References updated: 11 February 2018

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    (54 year old woman developed fever and fatigue 22 days after starting captopril [bilirubin normal, ALT 348 U/L, Alk P 450 U/L, eosinophils 660/μL], resolved 2 weeks after stopping; later tolerated enalapril without incident).
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    (Two women and one man with liver injury during captopril therapy, ages 69-88 years, onset after 2, 6 and 12 weeks, 2 were jaundiced and 1 died [bilirubin 0.6-6.1 mg/dL, AST 76-169 U/L, Alk P 394-505 U/L]).
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    (33 year old woman developed jaundice 3-4 weeks after starting enalapril [peak bilirubin 9.3 mg/dL, ALT 10 times ULN, Alk P 2 times ULN], resolving upon stopping).
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    (54 year old woman found to have abnormal ALT [1145 U/L] and Alk P [144 U/L], but normal bilirubin 7 weeks after starting enalapril with rapid improvement on stopping).
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    (68 year old woman found to have ALT elevations [68-79 U/L] with symptoms 3 months after starting captopril, resolving within 2 weeks of stopping).
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    (Letter in response to Lorenzo [1989] arguing that ALT elevations on captopril were incidental).
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    (55 year old man developed jaundice 2 weeks after starting lisinopril that continued to worsen for 5 weeks after stopping [bilirubin 18.4 rising to 70 mg/dL, ALT 2510 U/L, protime 90% falling to 42%], patient dying after emergency surgery for perforated duodenal ulcer).
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    (67 year old woman developed jaundice and pruritus 6 weeks after starting enalapril [bilirubin 8.9 mg/dL, AST 236 U/L, Alk P 437 U/L], resolving within 4 months of stopping).
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    (81 year old woman developed jaundice and pruritus 2 weeks after starting captopril [bilirubin 20.3 mg/dL, ALT 57 U/L, Alk P 368 U/L]; patient died of cardiac arrest during recovery).
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    (66 year old woman developed jaundice and pruritus 3 weeks after starting captopril [bilirubin 15.1 mg/dL, ALT 202 U/L, Alk P 587 U/L], resolving within 4 weeks of stopping).
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    (52 year old woman developed jaundice and itching 2 weeks after starting captopril [bilirubin 10.3 rising to 20.0 mg/dL, ALT 102 U/L, Alk P 240 U/L], resolving slowly, symptoms within 2 months but enzyme elevations lasting 10 months).
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    (51 year old man developed jaundice within 1 month of starting enalapril [peak bilirubin 0.6 mg/dL, ALT 89 U/L, Alk P 798 U/L], resolving with stopping, but recurring after taking captopril for a year [peak bilirubin 21.9 mg/dL, ALT 203 U/L, Alk P 687 U/L], resolving slowly and incompletely on stopping).
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    (General review of side effects of ACE inhibitors, mentions a single case of hepatotoxicity [Tabibain 1987]).
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    (74 year old woman developed fever and abdominal pain 4 weeks after starting captopril [bilirubin 28 mg/dL, ALT 477 U/L, Alk P 1444 U/L] with progressive hepatic failure and death 5 weeks later).
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    (86 year old woman developed abdominal pain and jaundice 3 months after starting captopril [bilirubin 3.0 mg/dL, ALT 66 U/L, Alk P 798 U/L], rapid recovery on stopping).
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    (Review of 19 cases of ACE inhibitor associated liver injury: usually cholestatic [68%], none hepatocellular; 2 cases of cross reactivity with other ACE inhibitors; latency variable, median being 4 weeks).
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    (In response to article by Hagley [1993], mentions a case of hepatotoxicity due to lisinopril, but no details are provided).
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    (72 year old man developed jaundice 12 months after starting lisinopril [peak bilirubin 14.9 mg/dL, ALT 2040 U/L, Alk P 360 U/L], resolving within 2 months of stopping).
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    (73 year old woman developed fatigue within 10 days of switching from lisinopril to enalapril [bilirubin 0.9 mg/dL, ALT 614 U/L, Alk P 470 U/L], resolving within 10 days of stopping).
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    (52 year old woman developed fatigue after 12 and jaundice after 20 weeks of enalapril therapy [bilirubin 29.5 mg/dL, ALT 1585 U/L, Alk P 309 U/L, protime 46%], resolving 5 months after stopping).
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    (56 year old man developed jaundice, 4 months after starting lisinopril [bilirubin 5.3 mg/dL, ALT 1768 U/L, Alk P 178 U/L], but drug continued for another month [bilirubin 33.5 mg/dL, ALT 2420 U/L, Alk P 113 U/L], slow recovery upon stopping and liver biopsy 9 months later showed incomplete cirrhosis).
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    (64 year old woman developed aplastic anemia 17 days after starting enalapril [bilirubin 4.4 mg/dL, ALT 548 U/L, Alk P normal, white count 350/μL, platelets 12,000/μL], dying shortly after of sepsis).
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    (65 year old woman developed abdominal pain, fever and jaundice 2 months after starting captopril and delayed stopping [bilirubin rising from 3.3 to 21 mg/dL, ALT 515 U/L, Alk P 157 U/L], taking 5 months to recover).
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    (70 year old woman with renal failure due to scleroderma developed jaundice 21 days after starting captopril [bilirubin 14.3 mg/dL, ALT 330 U/L, Alk P 345 U/L] and rapid improvement on stopping).
  • Edwards C, Blowers DA, Pover GM. Fosinopril national survey: a post-marketing surveillance study of fosinopril (Staril) in general practice in the UK. Int J Clin Pract 1997; 51: 394-8. [PubMed: 9489071]
    (Postmarketing study of 10,791 hypertensive patients from the UK treated with fosinopril for an average of 5.2 months, side effects were reported in 24% including cough [6%], dizziness [2.5%], headache [2%], fatigue [1%], nausea [1%]; 10% stopped because of side effects, but no mention of liver injury or ALT elevations).
  • Berdah J, Guest M, Salvador M. [Study of the efficacy and safety of fosinopril in general practice in 19,435 hypertensive patients (FLIGHT Study)]. Ann Cardiol Angeiol (Paris) 1998; 47: 169-75. French. [PubMed: 9772944]
    (Postmarketing study of 19,435 hypertensive patients from France treated with fosinopril for at least 12 weeks; side effects reported in 12% including cough in 2.7%; no mention of ALT elevations or liver related adverse events).
  • Peters DC, Noble S, Plosker GL. Trandolapril. An update of its pharmacology and therapeutic use in cardiovascular disorders. Drugs 1998; 56: 871-93. [PubMed: 9829159]
    (Review of trandolapril, an ACE inhibitor with once daily dosing, minimally metabolized by liver; among >24,000 patients in clinical trials, common side effects were cough [3.6%], fatigue [1%], dizziness [0.9%], headache [0.7%] and nausea [0.6%]; no mention of ALT elevations or hepatotoxicity).
  • Martínez Gutiérrez A, Sierra Manzano JM, Tapia YR, Larumbe Sola Y. [Hepatotoxicity caused by captopril] Aten Primaria 1998; 21: 586-7. Spanish. [PubMed: 9670588]
    (60 year old man developed jaundice and pruritus 4 weeks after starting captopril [bilirubin 13.1 mg/dL, ALT 1180 U/L, Alk P 1468 U/L], resolving 8-10 weeks after stopping).
  • Pérez Roldán F, González Carro PS, Legaz Huidobro ML, Saez Bravo JM, Ruiz Carrillo F. [Cholestatic hepatitis caused by captopril] Rev Esp Enferm Dig 1998; 90: 378-9. Spanish. [PubMed: 9656763]
    (71 year old man developed abdominal pain, fever and jaundice 3 months after starting captopril [bilirubin 11.4 mg/dL, ALT 210 U/L, Alk P 451 U/L], resolving 6 months after stopping).
  • Quílez C, Palazón JM, Chuliá T, Córdoba YC. [Hepatoxicity by enalapril] Gastroenterol Hepatol 1999; 22: 113-4. Spanish. [PubMed: 10193097]
    (45 year old man developed abdominal pain and jaundice 2 years after starting enalapril [bilirubin 18 mg/dL, ALT 5300 U/L, Alk P 381 U/L], recovering in 2 months).
  • Hourmand-Ollivier I, Dargere S, Cohen D, Galais MP, Mosquet B, Rousselot P, Dao T. [Fatal subfulminant hepatitis probably due to the combination benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide(Briazide)]. Gastroenterol Clin Biol 2000; 24: 464. French. [PubMed: 10844292]
    (69 year old woman developed fatigue 14 months after starting benazepril with HCTZ [bilirubin 16.2 mg/dL, ALT 30 times ULN, Alk P 2 times ULN, protime 63%], with progressive course and death; delayed discontinuation).
  • Jeserich M, Ihling C, Allgaier HP, Berg PA, Heilmann C. Acute liver failure due to enalapril. Herz 2000; 25: 689-93. [PubMed: 11141678]
    (46 year old man developed fatigue and jaundice 3 years after starting enalapril [bilirubin 13.8 rising to 46.7 U/L, ALT 936 U/L, Alk P 394 U/L], progressing for 6 weeks despite stopping and requiring liver transplantation; died of complications).
  • Kocab MA, Coppola D, Hiotis S, Karl RC, Barthel JS. Captopril-associated cholestasis complicating the management of pancreatic cancer. Surg Endosc 2000; 14: 681. [PubMed: 11265073]
    (Abstract only; no details of case).
  • Clark LT. Safety profile of perindopril. Am J Cardiol 2001; 88: 36i-40i. ( [PubMed: 11591359]
    Review of safety data from more than 2,500 patients treated with perindopril for up to 4 years and from postmarketing reports stated that the most common [>1%] side effects were cough, gastrointestinal upset, fatigue, headache and dizziness; no mention of clinically apparent liver injury or ALT elevaitons).
  • González de la Puente MA, Calderón E, Espinosa R, Rincón M, Varela JM. Fatal hepatotoxicity associated with enalapril. Ann Pharmacother 2001; 35: 1492. [PubMed: 11724106]
    (80 year old woman developed jaundice 3 weeks after starting enalapril [bilirubin 17 rising to 46 mg/dL, ALT 244 U/L, Alk P 1999 U/L], progressing to hepatic failure and death by day 30).
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    (61 year old man developed jaundice 2-4 weeks after starting fosinopril [bilirubin 19.1 rising to 40 mg/dL, ALT 70 U/L, Alk P 421 U/L] with prolonged pruritus [4 months] and Alk P elevations [18 months]).
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