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   Ramipril

Ramipril
(oral) (capsule)


Treats high blood pressure. Treats congestive heart failure after a heart attack. Reduces risk of heart attack, stroke, and death in people 55 years of age or older who have heart disease. This medicine is an ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor.

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Treats high blood pressure. Treats congestive heart failure after a heart attack. Reduces risk of heart attack, stroke, and death in people 55 years of age or older who have heart disease. This medicine is an ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor.

Storage
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Any medicine that has been mixed with apple juice or applesauce may be stored in a refrigerator and used within 48 hours. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone. Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Capsule. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. After you receive your first dose of this medicine, your caregiver will observe you for at least 2 hours.
  • This is to make sure you do not have any serious side effects from this medicine. Drink extra fluids so you will pass more urine while you are using this medicine.
  • This will keep your kidneys working well and help prevent kidney problems. Swallow the capsule whole.
  • If you cannot swallow the capsule, you may open it and pour the medicine into 4 ounces (½ cup) of applesauce, water, or apple juice.
  • Swallow this mixture whole, and use the mixture within 24 hours after mixing it.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Blistering, peeling, red skin rash. Chest pain, lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting. Confusion, weakness, uneven heartbeat, shortness of breath, or new numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, or lips. Dark-colored urine or pale stools. Change in how much or how often you urinate. Fever, chills, sore throat, or body aches. Stomach pain, severe nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite. Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if have had an allergic reaction to ramipril or to any other ACE inhibitor such as captopril, enalapril, lisinopril, Accupril®, Lotrel®, or Zestril®.
  • You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby.
  • Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant.
  • If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away. Make sure your doctor knows if you have lupus, liver disease, or kidney disease. Make sure your doctor knows if you are planning surgery, being treated for allergies, or if you are on dialysis. This medicine may make you dizzy.
  • Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. This medicine lowers the number of some types of blood cells in your body.
  • Because of this, you may bleed or get infections more easily.
  • To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured.
  • Brush and floss your teeth gently.
  • Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments. Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.
  • You may need to stop using this medicine several days before having surgery or medical tests. This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
  • Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors.
  • Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.

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