Systematic (IUPAC) name
(2S,3aS,7aS)-1-[(2S)-2-{[(2S)-1-ethoxy-1-oxopentan-2-yl]amino}propanoyl]-octahydro-1H-indole-2-carboxylic acid
Clinical data
Trade names Aceon
AHFS/ monograph
MedlinePlus a602017
Pregnancy cat. D
Legal status  ?
Routes oral
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 24%
Protein binding 20%
Metabolism Renal
Half-life 1 hour - 17 hours for perindoprilat (active metabolite)
CAS number 82834-16-0 YesY
ATC code C09AA04
C09BA04 (with diuretics)
C09BB04 (with amlodipine)
PubChem CID 107807
DrugBank APRD01178
ChemSpider 96956 YesY
UNII 1964X464OJ YesY
KEGG D03753 YesY
Chemical data
Formula C19H32N2O5 
Mol. mass 368.468 g/mol
SMILES eMolecules & PubChem
 N(what is this?)  (verify)

Perindopril, or perindopril arginine, (trade names include Coversyl and Aceon) is a long-acting ACE inhibitor. Perindopril is used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure or stable coronary artery disease.[1] It is also available in a generic form, perindopril erbumine. According to the Australian government's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website, based on data provided to the Australian Department of Health and Aging by the manufacturer, perindopril arginine and perindopril erbumine are therapeutically equivalent and may be interchanged without differences in clinical effect.[2] However the dose prescribed to achieve the same effect will differ due to different molecular weights for the two forms.



  • Essential hypertension.
  • Stable coronary artery disease: reduction of risk of cardiac events in patients with a history of myocardial infarction and/or revascularization.
  • Treatment of symptomatic heart disease or failure.

Dosage and administration

For Perindopril as treatment for hypertension, the initiation dose is 5 mg perindopril arginine (or 4 mg perindopril erbumine) once daily, then the dose may be increased to 10 mg perindopril arginine (or 8 mg perindopril erbumine) after 1 month of treatment to improve blood pressure control or in case of concomitant stable coronary artery disease.

The Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial showed the benefits of taking the two drugs Coversyl and Amlodipine together. The 9000 British patients aged 40 to 79 were involved in the five-year trial. Half were given the new drug combination, the rest were given traditional drugs. Coversyl and Amlodipine were found to be so effective that the trial was stopped early so that all patients could receive the combination.[3][4]

For stable coronary artery disease

A starting dose of 4 mg for 2 weeks is recommended, then uptitration to 8 mg once daily, depending on acceptability.

Congestive heart disease

Coversyl (perindopril) should be started under close medical supervision at a starting dose of 2 mg. This may be increased to 4 mg once blood pressure acceptability has been demonstrated.

Elderly patients should start treatment at 2 mg daily (2.5 mg daily (perindopril arginine) in Australia).


  • Children
  • Pregnancy
  • Lactation
  • Situations where a patient has a history of hypersensitivity to Coversyl (perindopril).
  • Renal failure


  • Assess renal function before and during treatment where appropriate.
  • Renovascular hypertension.
  • Surgery/anesthesia.
  • Renal failure: the dose should be cautiously adjusted in accordance with the creatinine clearance (refer to complete data sheet).
  • Symptomatic hypotension is rarely seen, but is more likely in volume-depleted patients, those receiving diuretics, or with the first two doses. In diuretic-treated patients, stop the diuretic 3 days before starting Coversyl (perindopril). A diuretic may later be given in combination if necessary; potassium-sparing diuretics are not recommended. Combination with neuroleptics or imipramine-type drugs may increase the hypotensive effect. Serum lithium concentrations may rise during lithium therapy.

Side effects

Rare and mild, usually at the start of treatment.

  • Cough
  • fatigue
  • asthenia
  • headache
  • disturbances of mood and/or sleep

Less often

  • taste impairment
  • epigastric discomfort
  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • rash.

Reversible increases in blood urea and creatinine may be observed. Proteinuria has occurred in some patients. Rarely, angioneurotic edema and decreases in hemoglobin, red cells, and platelets have been reported.


Each tablet contains 2 mg, 4 mg or 8 mg of the tert-butylamine salt of perindopril. Perindopril is also available under the trade name Coversyl Plus, containing 4 mg of perindopril combined with 1.25 mg indapamide.

In Australia, each tablet contains 2.5 mg, 5 mg or 10 mg of arginine. Perindopril is also available under the trade name Coversyl Plus and Coversyl Plus LD, containing 5 mg of perindopril combined with 1.25 mg indapamide and 2.5 mg of perindopril combined with 0.625 mg indapamide respectively.

The efficacy and tolerability of a fixed-dose combination of perindopril 4mg and Amlodipine 5mg, a calcium channel antagonist, has recently been confirmed in a prospective, observational multicenter trial 1250 hypertensive patients.[5]. A preparation of the two drugs is available commercially as Coveram.


Packs of 30 tablets of Coversyl (perindopril) 2 mg. Packs of 30 tablets of Coversyl (perindopril) 5 mg (scored). Packs of 30 tablets of Coversyl (perindopril) 10 mg.

Also available under the brand names:

  • Aceon
  • Acertil
  • Armix
  • Coverene
  • Coverex
  • Coversum
  • Prestarium
  • Prexanil
  • Prexum
  • Procaptan
  • Provinace
  • Covinace


  • Bounhoure JP, Bottineau G, Lechat P, et al.. "Value of perindopril in the treatment of chronic congestive heart failure: multicentre double-blind placebo-controlled study." Clin Exp Hypertens. 1989;A11(suppl 2):575-586.
  • Lechat P, Granham SP, Desche P, et al.. "Efficacy and acceptability of perindopril in mild-to-moderate chronic congestive heart failure." Am Heart J. 1993;126:798-806.
  • Morgan T and Anderson A; "Clinical efficacy of perindopril in hypertension." Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 1992;19:61-65.
  • Myers MG; (on behalf of the perindopril multicentre dose-response study group) "A dose-response study of perindopril in hypertension: effects on blood pressure 6 and 24h after dosing." Can J Cardiol. 1996;12:1191-1196.
  • "The European trial On reduction of cardiac events with Perindopril in stable coronary Artery disease Investigators. Efficacy of perindopril in reduction of cardiovascular events among patients with stable coronary artery disease: randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, multicentre trial (the EUROPA study)." The Lancet 2003;362:782-788.


  1. ^ Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. "Consumer Medicine Information, GenRx Perindopril". Clinical Resources, Medicine information for health professionals. 
  2. ^ Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2008). "PBS For Health Professionals". Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  3. ^ Charlotte Harding (2005). "What you need to know about the new wonder drug cocktail for high blood pressure...". JADN Repository. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  4. ^ Linda Brookes (2003). "ASCOT: Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial -- Results From The Lipid-Lowering Arm". Medscape Today. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  5. ^ Bahl VK, Jadhav UM, Thacker HP. Management of Hypertension with the Fixed Combination of Perindopril and Amlodipine in Daily Clinical Practice: Results from the STRONG Prospective, Observational, Multicenter Study. American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs May 22, 2009; 9 (3): 135-42 Link text

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