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Vasotec

(Enalapril)

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  • Liquid
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Lowers blood pressure.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Enalapril is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.

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  • 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.
  • 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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Side effects for Vasotec (Enalapril)

From clinical trials of Enalapril / High blood pressure ( 2544)

  • HeadacheHeadache5% for Enalapril vs.9% for placebo
  • DizzinessDizziness4% for Enalapril vs.4% for placebo
  • FatigueFatigue3% for Enalapril vs.3% for placebo
  • Orthostatic effectsOrthostatic effects1% for Enalapril vs.0% for placebo
  • Muscle weaknessMuscle weakness1% for Enalapril vs.0% for placebo
  • DiarrheaDiarrhea1% for Enalapril vs.2% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea1% for Enalapril vs.2% for placebo
  • CoughCough1% for Enalapril vs.0% for placebo
  • RashRash1% for Enalapril vs.0% for placebo

What to expect when you take Vasotec (Enalapril)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Vasotec (Enalapril)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Vasotec (Enalapril) can cause birth defects or death to a fetus. If you are 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

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Vasotec (Enalapril)

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Kidneys & liver
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  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.