What is this medication?
Antihypertensive Agent, Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitor
Officially indicated to treat hypertension and heart failure (may also be used for conditions not listed).
“ALERT: US Boxed Warning
When pregnancy is detected, discontinue quinapril as soon as possible. Drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and death to the developing fetus.”
How does this medication work?
Quinapril, Accupril lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels which can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.
How should I take this medication?
5mg twice a day and titrate up to a target dose of 20mg twice a day (Heart Failure)
10-20mg once daily and titrate up as needed to a maximum of 80mg in one or two divided doses (Hypertension)
How to Take: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, take consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed, store at room temperature
You Need to Avoid: Careful standing up too quickly as you may get dizzy, and do not supplement with potassium unless instructed by physician
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Quinapril, Accupril make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you have kidney disease, ascites, an electrolyte imbalance, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Dry cough, hypotension, dizziness, fatigue, hyperkalemia (high potassium), nausea/vomiting
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only common ones.
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