Vasotec

(Enalapril)

3.2/ 5 average rating with 95 reviewsforEnalapril
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Lowers blood pressure.

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Our bottom line

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

Quick facts about Enalapril
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (enalapril)
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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 doctors can give through an IV if that's needed.
People’s experience with Enalapril

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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

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.

Quick facts about Enalapril
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (enalapril)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
People’s experience with Enalapril

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Side effect rates for Vasotec (Enalapril)

From 1012 clinical trials of Enalapril when taken for heart failure
  • Dizziness
  • Hypotension
  • Orthostatic Effects
  • Syncope
  • Chest Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Asthenia
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Vertigo
  • Cough

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

Common concerns from people taking Vasotec (Enalapril)

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