What is Enalapril maleate and what it is used for
Enalapril is a drug that belongs to the group of ACE-inhibitors (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme). Enalapril ensures that the blood vessels are dilated, so that the blood pressure goes down and the pumping force of the heart improves, as well as the condition of the heart muscle. The drug is prescribed by a doctor if you experience high blood pressure, heart failure and kidney disease.
Dosage and administration Enalapril
It is important to take Enalapril daily with water on a set time. For example in the morning before or during breakfast, or in the evening before bedtime. The doctor has determined the right dose and has told you whether you need to swallow Enalapril 1 or 2 times a day. The label of the pharmacy shows the right dosage. If you forgot to take a tablet, skip it and take the next dose on the usual time. It takes 3 to 6 weeks before its working commences. You shall see that you will be less tired and tight. Also, your ankles will be thinner due to the moisture reduction. If Enalapril works well, you will probably need to use it for the rest of your life.
Watch out when using alcohol. It is possible that alcohol enhances the effect of Enalapril. Also be careful when driving or operating machinery if you feel dizzy or tired.
Side effects of Enalapril
All medicines may cause side effects. Also Enalapril , but not everyone has to get them.
You must stop immediately and call a doctor if you experience an allergic reaction (shortness of breath, thick throat, swelling, skin rash), or if you feel really dizzy.
The most important side effects at a glance:
- blurred vision
- feeling weak
Most side effects disappear after a few days. If that is not the case, do not hesitate to consult the doctor.
When you can not use Enalapril (contraindications)
- you are hypersensitive to ACE inhibitors
- you have Angioedema (accumulation of fluids in tongue, face, or intestines)
- you are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant
In case you are going to use Enalapril besides another drug, please read the pamphlet attentively. Enalapril may affect the working of other medicines.
Additional information about Enalapril
Enalapril maleate is available in tablet form in the variants 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg.
Store Enalapril below 25º C in the original packaging and do not use the medication after the expiration date.