Compare Accupril vs. Altace

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Accupril (quinapril)

Prescription only

Altace (ramipril)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure.

Accupril (quinapril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that can help protect the heart for people who have heart failure.

Lowers blood pressure.

Altace (ramipril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidney function. It's also a good option if you have trouble swallowing pills since you can open the capsules.

Upsides
  • Accupril (quinapril) woks well to lower blood pressure.
  • Accupril (quinapril) lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • It protects your kidneys, so it's good for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Accupril (quinapril) can be used by people with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Altace (ramipril) is a first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • It lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • It's recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Altace (ramipril) is the only ACE inhibitor that you can open and sprinkle in applesauce or water.
Downsides
  • Some people get a dry cough while taking Accupril (quinapril). It can range from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • You'll need to get routine blood tests to see how this medicine is affecting your body.
  • Women, be sure to use contraception while taking this medication since it can harm a fetus. It's also not safe to use if you're already pregnant.
  • People with heart failure need to take this twice a day, while other similar drugs are only taken once a day.
  • Some people can get a dry cough while using this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • You'll need to get routine blood tests to see how this medicine is affecting your body.
  • Women, be sure to use contraception while taking this medication since it can harm a fetus. It's also not safe to use if you're already pregnant.
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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Coughing
    4%
  • Fatigue
    3%
  • Low Blood Pressure
    3%
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
    2%
  • Chest Pain
    2%
  • Dyspnea
    2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Headache
    2%
  • Muscle Pain
    2%
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9possible side effects
  • Low blood pressure
    11%
  • Increased cough
    8%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Chest pain
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Low blood pressure when standing up
    2%
  • Fainting
    2%
  • Vomiting
    2%
  • Vertigo
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Swelling of face and head
    • African descent
  • Low blood pressure
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that lower your blood pressure
  • Liver failure
  • High potassium
    • Current kidney problems
    • Taking other medicines that increase potassium
    • Using salt substitutes
  • Worsening kidney problems
    • History of kidney problems
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  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Cough
  • Swelling of face and head
    • African descent
  • High potassium
    • Current kidney problems
    • Medicines that increase potassium
    • Using salt substitutes
  • Worsening kidney problems
    • History of kidney problems
  • Liver failure
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