Altace Ramipril and/or alternatives

of Altace

Altace belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE). The generic name of Altace is Ramipril. Your doctor may ask you to buy Altace if you suffer from high blood pressure and to help you recuperate after a heart attack. Altace is administered orally.

Indications & Dosage of Altace

Altace is generally prescribed to patients suffering from high blood pressure. It is also used to treat heart failure and prevent kidney failure that may result due to high blood pressure and diabetes. The enzyme angiotensin II causes the muscles of the arteries to shrink and increase blood pressure. Altace decreases the production of this enzyme and lowers blood pressure. It also relaxes the muscles of the arteries and enlarges the arteries. By increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart, Altace enhances the capacity of the heart.

Altace is available in the form of tablets as 1.25, 2.5, 5 and 10 mg. Doctors prescribe Altace 2.5-20 mg per day.

You can take with or without food. Always swallow the tablet whole.

Side Effects & Interactions of Altace

Altace is associated with some minor side effects that go away once you stop taking the drug. These may include :

  • Dry cough
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling tired
  • Numbness in the hands and feet

Altace may cause some serious side effects that require immediate medical attention. Call your doctor if you experience any of these :

  • Jaundice
  • Chest pain
  • Symptoms of low blood pressure
  • Symptoms of allergic reaction
  • Flu with body aches and sores in the mouth and throat
  • High potassium levels
  • Urinating less than normal
  • Dry mouth
  • Confusion
  • Swelling

There are several drugs that interact adversely with Altace. Your doctor must be aware of the all the medications you take including:

  • Potassium supplements
  • Diuretics
  • Lithium
  • Aspirin
  • Gold injection for treating arthritis
  • Indocin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Celecoxib

Warnings & Precautions of Altace

Do not buy Altace if you are allergic to ACE inhibitors. Stop taking the medicine if you notice any allergic reactions and contact your doctor immediately. There are several other medical conditions in during which you should not take Altace. Inform your doctor if you have any of the following :

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Lever disease
  • History of allergic reactions
  • Connective tissue disease like Sjogren’s syndrome and Marfan syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Altace can cause harm to unborn babies. Do not take it if you are pregnant, and adopt proper birth control measures while being treated with Altace. It is unsafe for breastfeeding babies as well, so nursing mothers should not take Altace.

Altace may cause dizziness, so you should avoid driving and other hazardous activities while being treated with it.

You should stay away from alcoholic drinks as they can lower blood pressure further and augment the side effects. You should not take any potassium supplements or salt substitutes without your doctor’s consent. While getting up, do not hurry as you may fall down. Slowly get up from a lying or sitting position. You should drink plenty of water to keep yourself adequately hydrated.

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