What is this medication?
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitor; Antihypertensive
Enalapril, Vasotec is officially indicated for heart failure, and hypertension.
“Alert: Black Box Warning
When pregnancy is detected, discontinue enalapril 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?
Enalapril, Vasotec is a competitive inhibitor of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) and prevents the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II, a potent vasoconstrictor; results in lower levels of angiotensin II which causes an increase in plasma renin activity and a reduction in aldosterone secretion. Hence, Enalapril, Vasotec produce vasodilation and subsequently lower blood pressure.
How should I take this medication?
Oral: Take 2.5mg to 5mg daily.
Take with or without food.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Enalapril, Vasotec make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take. As with any other angiotensin II receptor antagonist, there is are risks of hyperkalemia, cough, cholestatic jaundice, hypotension, deterioration in renal function. Enalapril, Vasotec should be used with caution in patients who have ascites, aortic stenosis, hepatic and renal impairment, collagen vascular disease and renal artery stenosis.
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?
Syncope, chest pain, hypotension, dizziness, orthostatic hypotension, skin rash, hyperkalemia, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, weakness, bronchitis, cough, dyspnea.
Note this is not a complete list of side effects for Enalapril, Vasotec only common ones.
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