Compare Altace vs. nimodipine

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Altace (ramipril)

Prescription only

Nymalize (nimodipine)

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.

Helps with recovery after an episode of bleeding in the brain.

Nymalize (nimodipine) acts specifically on the blood vessels of the brain to reduce long-term damage from brain bleed, but is expensive.

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.
  • Available in a liquid formulation if you have difficulty swallowing a pill.
  • Treatment is short-term, for 21 days only.
  • Safe to use even if you have kidney or liver problems.
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.
  • Needs to be taken several times in a day, usually every four hours.
  • Not a good option for elderly because it lowers blood pressure and causes constipation.
  • Inteacts with a lot of other medications, especially for the treatment of HIV.
  • Available in a generic verison, but is still expensive.
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  • Liquid
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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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The Nymalize (nimodipine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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  • Life-threatening low blood pressure
  • Monitoring of blood pressure
    • Using other medicines that lower blood pressure such as diuretics and beta-blockers
  • Interactions with other medicines
    • Taking other medicines that interact with Nymalize (nimodipine)
  • Liver disease
    • Liver disease
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