Compare Enalapril vs. Monopril

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Vasotec
(enalapril)

Monopril
(fosinopril)

Lowers blood pressure. Enalapril is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.Coming soon.
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Best available price for 30 (40mg) tablets of fosinopril
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4.26Enalapril
Reviews for Enalapril
44%
of people (All ages) say Enalapril is worth it
40%
say it works well
21%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
EnalaprilMonopril
  • Low blood pressure 7%
  • Positional low blood pressure 2%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Orthostatic effects 2%
  • Fainting 2%
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How it works
EnalaprilMonopril
Enalapril is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.Coming soon.
Type of medication
EnalaprilMonopril
Prescription only
Available as
EnalaprilMonopril
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for
EnalaprilMonopril
  • Hypertension Heart Failure
Risk factors for serious side effects
EnalaprilMonopril
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
  • Medicine that increase potassium
  • Use of salt substitute
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Kidneys and liver
    EnalaprilMonopril
    • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
    • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    EnalaprilMonopril
    • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
    • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
    • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
    • The only ACE inhibitor that doctors can give through an IV if that's needed.
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    Downsides and risks
    EnalaprilMonopril
    • Up to 1 in 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
    • Compared to other ACE inhibitors, less flexible on when you take it. Enalapril needs to be taken multiple times a day on an empty stomach.
    • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
    • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    EnalaprilMonopril
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
    • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
    • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
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