Vasotec (generic name Enalapril) is classified as an angiotensin converting enzyme. The active ingredient of the remedy, Enalapril, provides a drastic impact on the body balancing the heart functioning and blood circulation. Consequently, the treatment is commonly used to improve the symptoms of increased blood pressure in patients over 1 month old, as well as congestive heart failure in adult patients. Moreover, the drug can be taken as ventricle disorders treatment. Since Vasotec produces a powerful influence on the heart, its intake requires thorough doctor’s examination and following the prescription. Talk to your healthcare provider before using Vasotec off-label.
Recommendations for Use
Before you start the treatment course, do not forget to ask your doctor about dose adjustment and related instructions. Follow the prescription without any changes to experience the maximal possible effect. Do not change the adjusted Vasotec strength, length of the therapy and other adjustments, since it can lead to the medication misuse and accompanying side effects.
Each Vasotec tablet may be used either with or without food. Frequent medical tests, especially blood pressure, liver and kidney functioning will be required in order to track the progress of the medication course. The medication may significantly decrease your blood pressure. It is a normal reaction of the organism, though, call your doctor in case low blood pressure is accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting, abnormal sweating and related symptoms. Vasotec should be administered regularly for the best results. However, you'd better skip the missed dose rather than take an extra one.
Precautions and Contraindications
Never start Vasotec treatment course before making sure the medication is completely safe for your organism and will not trigger any complications. Tell your doctor about all the complications and health disorders you have, paying ultimate attention to kidney problems, liver dysfunctions, history of heart attack, blood clots, stroke, congestive heart failure, heart issues, electrolyte disorders and other conditions.
Vasotec should not be used by patients allergic to Enalapril or its other components. Additionally, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid the drug administration since it can severely decrease the health of an unborn and nursing child. Moreover, people with serious health problems such as angiodema should eliminate the medication intake.
Similarly to other effective and powerful medications, Vasotec may interact with numerous prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins, minerals and usual pharmaceutical supplements. Warn your healthcare provider about all the remedies you have been taking during the last two weeks, as well as the ones you are currently taking. Combining the drug with other medications can activate undesirable reactions and stimulate the occurrence of new, aggravating symptoms. Do not take Vasotec together with diuretics, NSAIDs, gold injections for arthritis treatment, Lithium and others.
Mild dizziness, headache, lightheadedness, cough and similar side effects serve common reactions of the organism to the new treatment. Such symptoms will disappear after a few first intakes. Nevertheless, call your doctor if they become worse and start bothering you. Seek emergency medical help if you have got more dangerous complications after Vasotec use, including allergic reactions, increased potassium levels, uneven heartbeats, symptoms of kidney disorders and others.