Altace

(ramipril)

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Lowers blood pressure.

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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.

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

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.
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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.
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How it works

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

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

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Altace (ramipril) for High blood pressure

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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Kidney problems
  • High potassium levels
  • Cough
  • Swelling of face and head
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Side effect rates for Altace (ramipril)

From 1986 clinical trials of Altace when taken for reduce risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Low blood pressure
    11%11%
    5%5%
  • Increased cough
    8%8%
    4%4%
  • Dizziness
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Chest pain
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Nausea
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Low blood pressure when standing up
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Fainting
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Vomiting
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Vertigo
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Altace.

Altace (ramipril)
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People taking Altace felt side effect more

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Risks and Warnings for Altace (ramipril)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Altace (ramipril) can cause birth defects. If you're pregnant or considering having a baby, talk to your doctor about different 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

Pharmacist Q&A

Altace (ramipril) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats congestive heart failure after a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats congestive heart failure after a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Common concerns from people taking Altace (ramipril)

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