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trandolapril

Generic Name: trandolapril (tran DOE la pril)
Brand Name: Mavik

What is trandolapril?

Trandolapril is an ACE inhibitor. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme.

Trandolapril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), and to improve survival after a heart attack.

Trandolapril may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about trandolapril?

Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

If you have diabetes, do not use trandolapril together with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking trandolapril?

You should not use trandolapril if you have ever had angioedema, or if you are allergic to trandolapril or to any other ACE inhibitor (benazepril, captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, lisinopril, moexipril, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril).

If you have diabetes, do not use trandolapril together with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).

You may also need to avoid taking trandolapril with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.

To make sure trandolapril is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);

  • liver disease;

  • any history of heart disease or congestive heart failure;

  • diabetes; or

  • a connective tissue disease such as Marfan syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, scleroderma, or rheumatoid arthritis.

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Trandolapril can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control.

Trandolapril can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using trandolapril.

How should I take trandolapril?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Trandolapril can be taken with or without food.

You may have very low blood pressure while taking this medication. Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often, and you may need frequent blood tests.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using trandolapril.

If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking trandolapril?

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of trandolapril.

Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking trandolapril, unless your doctor has told you to.

Trandolapril side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. You may be more likely to have an allergic reaction if you are African-American.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • little or no urinating;

  • swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath;

  • chest pain, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;

  • sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, sore throat, painful mouth sores, pain when swallowing, skin sores, cold or flu symptoms;

  • high potassium (slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling); or

  • low calcium (numbness or tingly feeling around your mouth, fast or slow heart rate, muscle tightness or contraction, overactive reflexes).

Common side effects may include:

  • cough;

  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;

  • muscle pain;

  • dizziness, drowsiness, headache;

  • sleep problems (insomnia);

  • upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation; or

  • mild skin itching or rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

Trandolapril dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Hypertension:

Initial dose: 1 mg orally once a day in nonblack patients not receiving a diuretic (2 mg in black patients).
Maintenance dose: 2 to 4 mg orally once a day.
There is little clinical experience with doses above 8 mg.

Usual Adult Dose for Congestive Heart Failure:

Initial dose: 1 mg orally once a day
Maintenance dose: 4 mg orally once a day is the target dose. If this dose is not tolerated, patients can continue therapy with the greatest tolerated dose.

Usual Adult Dose for Left Ventricular Dysfunction:

Initial dose: 1 mg orally once a day
Maintenance dose: 4 mg orally once a day is the target dose. If this dose is not tolerated, patients can continue therapy with the greatest tolerated dose.

Usual Adult Dose for Myocardial Infarction:

Initial dose: 1 mg orally once a day
Maintenance dose: 4 mg orally once a day is the target dose. If this dose is not tolerated, patients can continue therapy with the greatest tolerated dose.

Usual Adult Dose for Diabetic Nephropathy:

Initial dose: 1 to 2 mg orally once a day
Maintenance dose: 2 to 4 mg orally once a day

What other drugs will affect trandolapril?

Other drugs may interact with trandolapril, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about trandolapril.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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