|Foreign Brand Names|
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors|
|What key warnings should I know about before taking this
- Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. Use during the second
and third trimester (more than 12 weeks pregnant) can cause harm to the baby you
are carrying. Call healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant. Your
medicine will need to be
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to quinapril or any other part of the medicine.
If you are allergic to another angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor, talk
with healthcare provider.
- If you have any of the following conditions: Disease of the vessels
(arteries) that take blood to the kidney, primary hyperaldosteronism, idiopathic
or hereditary angioedema.
- If you are more than 12 weeks
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is use to treat high blood pressure.
- It improves symptoms produced by a weakened heart.
- It protects kidney function in diabetic patients who have protein
- It is used to treat Raynaud's
|How does it work?|
- Quinapril lowers blood pressure by decreasing production of a strong
chemical in the body that increases blood pressure.
- This lowered blood pressure also protects the weakened heart and helps
improve fluid removal from the body.
- Improvement in blood flow through the kidney helps the diabetic.
- It Increases blood flow to extremities in Raynaud's
|How is it best taken?|
- Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
- Do not take at the same time with certain antibiotics (may block
absorption). Talk with healthcare provider.
- If taken with food, avoid fatty
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
- There should be an interval of 12 hours between
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor). Can increase blood
- If you are diabetic, watch blood sugar. This medicine may decrease
blood sugar. Diabetic medicines may need adjustments.
- Be careful in hot weather. You may see a greater blood pressure
- Tell healthcare provider if you are taking allopurinol or lithium.
Side effects of these medicines may be increased.
- Avoid potassium-containing salt substitutes, potassium-sparing
diuretics, and potassium supplements. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Do not use over-the-counter products that increase blood pressure.
These include cough or cold remedies, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like
products, and certain herbs or supplements. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Do not use in pregnancy and do not get pregnant. Use birth control
that you can trust while taking this medicine.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Dizziness is common. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or
lying position. Be careful climbing stairs.
- Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
- Feeling lightheaded or tired. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or
activities that require you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects
- Abnormal taste (metallic, salty, or none). This is usually reversible.
- Dry cough.
|What should I monitor?|
- Watch for swelling of legs or belly, shortness of breath, weight gain,
exercise tolerance. If any of these worsen tell healthcare provider.
- Report a 3-5 pound weight gain if you have heart failure.
- Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare
- Check blood pressure regularly.
- Check blood work. Talk with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Excessive perspiration, dehydration, vomiting/diarrhea. May lead to
low blood pressure.
- Chest pains, fast heartbeats, shortness of breath, or decreased
ability to walk.
- Significant, persistent cough.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight, light-resistant container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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