RAMIPRIL (ra MI pril) is an ACE inhibitor. It treats high blood pressure and heart failure. It can treat heart damage after a heart attack.
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart or blood vessel disease
immune system disease like lupus or scleroderma
low blood pressure
previous swelling of the tongue, face, or lips with difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat
an unusual or allergic reaction to lisinopril, other ACE inhibitors, insect venom, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
Take this drug by mouth. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. Do not cut, crush or chew this drug. Swallow the capsules whole. You may open the capsule and put the contents in 1 teaspoon of applesauce. Swallow the drug and applesauce right away. Do not chew the drug or applesauce. Keep taking it unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this drug in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
Do not take this medication with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following:
NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
over-the-counter herbal supplements like hawthorn
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
abdominal pain with or without nausea or vomiting
allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the hands, feet, face, lips, throat, or tongue
dizzy, lightheaded or fainting spell
fever or sore throat
irregular heart beat, chest pain
numbness or tingling in fingers or toes
pain or difficulty passing urine
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in sex drive or performance
change in taste
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be, and when you should contact him or her. If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar as directed.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
Check with your doctor if you have severe diarrhea or vomiting, or if you sweat a lot or become dehydrated. The loss of body fluids can be dangerous while taking this medicine.
A few patients have had strong allergic reactions during desensitization treatment with hymenoptera venom and during some kinds of dialysis. Talk to your doctor if you are going to have either of these procedures.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you are taking this medicine.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused drug after the expiration date.
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