Enalapril is in a group of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme. It is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure and to improve survival after a heart attack. This medication works by relaxing blood vessels and by making the heart pump more efficiently.
Take Enalapril exactly as it was prescribed for you. Take each dose with a full glass of water with or without food. The recommended dose ranges from 2.5 mg once daily to 20 mg twice daily. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.
Before taking Enalapril tell your doctor if you have diabetes, kidney or liver disease, heart disease, Marfan syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis. Enalapril can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Enalapril or to any other ACE inhibitor, pregnant or breastfeeding.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have fainting, pale skin, hives, swelling, angioedema, urinating more or less than usual, difficulty breathing, uneven heartbeats, stomach pain, yellow eyes or skin, chest pain, flu symptoms, bleeding. Less serious side effects may include: loss of appetite, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea, insomnia, headache, cough, nausea, dry mouth.
Before taking Enalapril, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs: diuretics (furosemide), lithium, antidiabetes medications (metformin, insulin), potassium supplements (K-Dur, Klor-Con), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ketoprofen, ibuprofen, diclofenac), beta-blockers. Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are light-headed or fainting.
Store the medicine at room temperature below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
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