What is Ramipril used for?
Ramipril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and congestive heart failure. It belongs to a group of drugs called ACE inhibitors, which reduces the chances of heart attack and stroke, improves survival after a heart attack, and prevents kidney failure due to high blood pressure and diabetes.
This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Ramipril?
Like other medicines, Ramipril can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Ramipril are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Ramipril cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Ramipril develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Ramipril may cause insomnia, cough, drowsiness, dizziness, impotence, rash, nausea, and vomiting. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Ramipril.
What is the recommended dosage of Ramipril?
The dosage of Ramipril prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Ramipril can be taken with or without food. Take each dose with a full glass of water.
What if you miss a dose of Ramipril?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Ramipril medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Ramipril?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Ramipril, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Ramipril?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Ramipril.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Ramipril, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Ramipril can interact with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and salt substitutes containing potassium.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Ramipril?
Is it possible for me to take Ramipril with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Ramipril?
What are the possible drug interactions of Ramipril?
How will Ramipril work in my body?
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The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before using Ramipril, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have diabetes, liver disease, heart disease, or kidney disease. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Ramipril is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.