Compare Altace vs. felodipine

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Altace (ramipril)

Prescription only

Plendil (felodipine)

Prescription only
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.

Lowers blood pressure.

Plendil (felodipine) works well to lower blood pressure, but it may cause swelling in your arms and legs at higher doses.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Plendil (felodipine) is a good option for people with high blood pressure.
  • Calcium channel blockers sometimes work better for people of African descent than other blood pressure lowering drugs.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Plendil (felodipine) may not work as well as other calcium channel blockers.
  • It can lead to more swelling in your arms and legs when taken at higher doses.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Plendil (felodipine) could cause a sudden spike in blood pressure.
  • Plendil (felodipine) can't be crushed or cut into two.
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  • Pill
  • Extended release
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Side effects
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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8possible side effects
  • Headache
    10%
  • Swelling
    9%
  • Flushing
    5%
  • Racing heart beat
    4%
  • Weakness
    3%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Colds or flu
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Low blood pressure
    • Over age 65
  • Heart failure
    • Taking in combination with a beta-blocker
  • Special dosing requirements
    • Liver disease
    • Over age 65
  • Swelling in arms and legs
    • History of heart failure
    • History of kidney disease
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