Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Altace

(Ramipril)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
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Lowers blood pressure.

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Altace (Ramipril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function. Easy to use if you can't swallow whole capsules.

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Upsides

  • 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 comes in a capsule that you can sprinkle in applesauce or water.

Downsides

  • Up to 1 and 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • 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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Side effect rates for Altace (Ramipril)

1986 From clinical trials of Altace / Reduce risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Low blood pressure
  • Cough increased
  • Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Heart-related chest pain
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Vertigo

Risks and Warnings for Altace (Ramipril)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Altace (Ramipril) can cause birth defects. If you're pregnant or considering having a baby, talk to your doctor about alternative medicines.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Altace (Ramipril)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check how your kidneys are working.