Enalapril is an ACE-inhibitor . It works by reducing the amount of molecules that stiffen the blood vessel wall. In this way, it allows the blood to flow more fluidly and the heart to work more efficiently.
What is Enalapril used for?
L ‘ Enalapril can be used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat high blood pressure or in case of cardiac failure .
It can also be used to treat kidney problems due to diabetes .
How is Enalapril taken?
Enalapril is taken orally in the form of tablets and prolonged-release tablets. Generally it must be taken 1 or 2 times a day.
Initially the doctor may prescribe a low dose and then gradually increase it.
Side effects of Enalapril
Possible side effects of Enalapril include:
- dizziness ;
- cough .
It is important to contact a doctor immediately if the treatment with enapril is associated with:
- breathing difficulties or difficulty swallowing;
- fever, sore throat, chills and other symptoms of an ongoing infection;
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles or calves;
- yellowish discoloration of the skin;
- feeling light-headed;
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Enalapril
Enalapril is contraindicated in case of pregnancy .
Also, before taking the drug, you should inform your doctor:
- of any allergies to the active substance or to benazepril, captopril, fosinopril, lisinopril, moexipril, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril, trandolapril or any other drug;
- medicines, phytotherapy and supplements taken, especially if it is a question of NSAIDs, diuretics, lithium or potassium supplements;
- if you suffer (or have suffered) from heart or kidney disease , lupus , scleroderma , diabetes or angioedema ;
- if you breastfeed or become pregnant .