What is Accupril used for?
If you have high blood pressure – also called hypertension – or heart failure, it is likely that you will be treated with Accupril. It is classed as an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor and works to change the blood vessels. It causes the blood vessels to become wider and this will take away some of the pressure that is on them. When that happens, the vessels are relaxed and the heart has less trouble sending blood around the body.
There will be directions provided with the medication and your doctor will give you specific information. While you are taking the medication, you could have to undergo test on your blood, liver and kidneys. Doses will vary depending upon your condition. When hypertension is being treated, each day there should be 10 mg or 20 mg taken orally. After that it will be between 20mg and 80 mg, possibly split over 2 doses.
For heart failure the beginning dose is 5mg twice daily. After that it will rise to between 20 mg and 40 mg, again split over 2 doses. Depending upon results, this amount could be changed weekly until the correct dosage is determined. Geriatric patients will be given a different dose and this will be 10 mg each day unless there is a specific reason to change it.
Not all side effects will be serious and it is not definite that any will be present, but it is best to be aware of them just in case. If there are any that lead to breathing difficulties such as swollen lips, tongue or throat, then medical help should be sought as a matter of urgency. Not all will need that level of treatment, but you should consult your doctor if:
- You have the feeling that you might faint
- You have a very rapid heartbeat or you would describe your heart as “pounding.”
- You pass little urine, and what does get passed hurts
- You have signs of jaundice
- There are any of the symptoms of flu, including chills or fever.
More common ones such as a headache or slight feeling of dizziness may not require medical attention right away, but it should still be sought if they don’t stop after a few days.
If you have taken quinapril before and have had a reaction, you should tell your doctor and it will not be prescribed. You should also let them know if:
- You know you have had angioedema
- You are allergic to any of the other ACE inhibitors including captopril and ramipril
- You are taking medication that contains sacubitril
- There has been a problem with your kidneys especially if you are on dialysis
- Heart conditions – other than the one that Accupril has been prescribed for
If you are pregnant the medication must not be taken as it could damage or even kill the child. The same applies if you are breastfeeding as it could easily get into the milk and harm the baby that way.