What is Ramipril and what it is used for?
Ramipril is a medication that belongs to the class of ACE inhibitors (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme). Ramipril dilates blood vessels so blood pressure is lowered and the heart muscle becomes stronger so that the heart is able to pump the blood more efficiently.
Ramipril is prescribed by the doctor for high blood pressure (hypertension), heart failure and kidney disease.
How to use Ramipril and in what dosage
Take Ramipril as directed by the doctor. Therefore, always read the label on the packaging of the medication. Take Ramipril with a glass of water. You should not chew the tablet but swallow it as a whole. It is best to do so at a fixed time to reduce the chance of forgetting to take a tablet. If you should forget, no problem. Just skip the missed dose and take the next tablet at the usual time.
You can eat or drink anything, but moderate your salt intake and do not take salt substitutes or potassium supplements. Do be careful with the combination of alcohol. It may strengthen the effect of Ramipril. You may get dizzy and you can even faint.
If in the first few days you suffer from dizziness or fatigue, do not drive or operate machinery. Never stop without consulting a doctor first about your medication. Your symptoms may return.
Ramipril side effects
You may experience one of the following side effects when you use Ramipril: dizziness, coughing, headache, renal impairment, low blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems. Whether or not a side effect occurs is different for each person. If you experience a lot of problems from the possible side effects or you get symptoms that are not listed in the leaflet, contact a doctor.
When it is better not to use Ramipril (contraindications)
- hypersensitivity to ACE inhibitors or any of the excipients
- with angioedema
- renal impairment due to constricted blood vessels
Additional information about Ramipril
Ramipril is available in capsules and tablets in the variants 1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg. You can break all tablets except the 1.25 mg one.
Store Ramipril below 25 º C in the original packaging and do not use the drug after the expiration date.