Accupril

(quinapril)

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Lowers blood pressure.

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

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

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.
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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.
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How it works

Accupril (quinapril) is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It blocks a chemical that usually tightens blood vessels. By helping blood vessels relax, it lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.

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

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Accupril (quinapril) for High blood pressure

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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Kidney problems
  • High potassium levels
  • Cough
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Side effect rates for Accupril (quinapril)

From 880 clinical trials of Accupril when taken for heart failure
  • Dizziness
    8%8%
    5%5%
  • Coughing
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Fatigue
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Low Blood Pressure
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Chest Pain
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Dyspnea
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Headache
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Muscle Pain
    2%2%
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Accupril.

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Risks and Warnings for Accupril (quinapril)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Accupril (quinapril) can cause birth defects. If you become pregnant, stop taking Accupril (quinapril) right away and talk to your doctor.

    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

Pharmacist Q&A

Accupril (quinapril) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats heart failure.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats heart failure.

Common concerns from people taking Accupril (quinapril)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Accupril
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Kidneys and liver
  • It protects your kidneys, so it's good for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.