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Quinapril Side Effects

It is possible that some side effects of quinapril may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to quinapril: oral tablet

As well as its needed effects, quinapril may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking quinapril, check with your doctor immediately:

Less common
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • diarrhea
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Some quinapril side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Headache
Less common
  • Back pain
  • coughing
  • difficulty with moving
  • joint pain
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • muscle pains or stiffness
  • rash
  • swollen joints

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to quinapril: oral tablet


The most commonly reported side effects were dizziness, increased serum creatinine, increased blood urea nitrogen, cough, dyspnea, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Chest pain, hypotension, palpitations, vasodilation, tachycardia, heart failure, myocardial infarction, hypertensive crisis, angina pectoris, orthostatic hypotension, cardiac rhythm disturbances, cardiogenic shock[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Increased serum creatinine, increased blood urea nitrogen
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Urinary tract infection, acute renal failure/dysfunction, worsening renal failure, proteinuria
Frequency not reported: Increases in blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinine[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hyperkalemia[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hemolytic anemia, agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia
Frequency not reported: Neutropenia, decreased hemoglobin, decreased hematocrit[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Angioedema of the head, neck, face, extremities, lips, tongue, glottis and/or larynx, intestines; anaphylactoid reactions[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abnormal liver function tests, hepatitis
Rare (less than 0.1%): Hepatic failure (characterized by cholestatic jaundice with progression to fulminant hepatic necrosis and sometimes death)
Frequency not reported: Cholestatic icterus[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Headache, cerebrovascular accident/cerebral hemorrhage, somnolence, vertigo, syncope, nervousness, paresthesia, transient ischemic attacks, tinnitus
Rare (less than 0.1%): Balance disorder[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dyspepsia, abdominal pain
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Flatulence, dry mouth or throat, constipation, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, pancreatitis
Rare (less than 0.1%): Glossitis
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Ileus[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Cough, pharyngitis, dyspnea, rhinitis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eosinophilic pneumonitis, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis
Frequency not reported: Bronchospasm[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Myalgia, back pain, arthralgia


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Impotence[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Depression, insomnia, confusion[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, asthenia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Fever, malaise, generalized/peripheral edema[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Viral infection[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash, alopecia, increased sweating, pemphigus, pruritus, exfoliative dermatitis, photosensitivity reaction, dermatopolymyositis
Rare (less than 0.1%): Urticaria, erythema multiforme, pemphigus
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Psoriasis-like efflorescence
Frequency not reported: Stevens Johnson syndrome, epidermal necrolysis[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1): Amblyopia
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Blurred vision[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Accupril (quinapril)." Parke-Davis, Morris Plains, NJ.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

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