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Ramipril

IMPORTANT WARNING:

Do not take ramipril if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking ramipril, call your doctor immediately.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Ramipril is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It decreases certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels, so blood flows more smoothly and the heart can pump more efficiently.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this medicine be used?

Ramipril comes as a capsule to take by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice a day on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take ramipril exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Ramipril controls high blood pressure and heart failure but does not cure them. Continue to take ramipril even if you feel well. Do not stop taking ramipril without talking to your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking ramipril,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to ramipril or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially diuretics ('water pills'), lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), other medications for high blood pressure, potassium supplements, and vitamins.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart or kidney disease or diabetes.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking ramipril.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Talk to your doctor before using salt substitutes containing potassium. If your doctor prescribes a low-salt or low-sodium diet, follow these directions carefully.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Although side effects from ramipril are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • headache
  • chest pain
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • diarrhea
  • upset stomach
  • excessive tiredness
  • cough
  • unusual bruising

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, arms, or legs
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • fainting
  • rash
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • lightheadedness
  • fainting

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your blood pressure should be checked regularly to determine your response to ramipril.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

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