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Aceon

Generic Name: perindopril (per IN doe pril)
Brand Names: Aceon

What is Aceon?

Aceon (perindopril) is an ACE inhibitor. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme.

Aceon is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and to prevent heart attack in people with coronary artery disease.

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

Important information

Do not use Aceon if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor right away.

You should not use this medicine if you have hereditary angioedema.

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

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Aceon if you are allergic to perindopril or if:

  • you have hereditary angioedema; or

  • you are allergic to any other ACE inhibitor, such as benazepril, captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, lisinopril, moexipril, quinapril, ramipril, or trandolapril.

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

You should not use Aceon if you have hereditary angioedema.

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

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

  • liver disease;

  • heart disease or congestive heart failure;

  • diabetes; or

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

Do not use Aceon if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor right away. Perindopril can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester.

It is not known whether perindopril passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take Aceon?

Take Aceon exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take each dose with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking Aceon.

Aceon can be taken with or without food.

Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking Aceon. This can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your kidney or liver function may also need to be checked.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Aceon. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

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.

Aceon dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Coronary Artery Disease:

Initial dose: 4 mg orally once a day for 2 weeks, then increase to maintenance dose as tolerated.
Maintenance dose: 8 mg orally once a day

Use: Treatment of patients with stable coronary artery disease to reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality or nonfatal myocardial infarction.

Usual Adult Dose for Hypertension:

Initial dose: 4 mg orally once a day
Maintenance dose: 4 to 8 mg orally per day in 1 or 2 divided doses
Maximum dose: 16 mg/day

Comments: In patients treated with a diuretic, consider reducing the diuretic dose prior to starting this drug.

Usual Geriatric Dose for Coronary Artery Disease:

Greater than 70 Years:
Initial dose:
-Week 1: 2 mg orally once a day
-Week 2: 4 mg orally once a day, then increase to maintenance dose as tolerated.
Maintenance dose: 8 mg orally once a day

Use: Treatment of patients with stable coronary artery disease to reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality or nonfatal myocardial infarction.

Usual Geriatric Dose for Hypertension:

Initial dose: 4 mg orally per day in 1 or 2 divided doses

Comments: Experience with doses above 8 mg is limited; administer with careful blood pressure monitoring and dose titration.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

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.

Overdose symptoms may include feeling extremely dizzy or light-headed, or fainting.

What should I avoid while taking Aceon?

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.

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

Aceon side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Aceon: hives; severe stomach pain, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

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

  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;

  • little or no urination;

  • swelling, rapid weight gain;

  • high potassium--nausea, slow or unusual heart rate, weakness, loss of movement;

  • pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding; or

  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common Aceon side effects may include:

  • dizziness;

  • back pain; or

  • cough.

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)

What other drugs will affect Aceon?

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:

  • gold injections to treat arthritis;

  • lithium;

  • NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)--aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others;

  • a potassium supplement;

  • salt substitutes that contain potassium; or

  • a diuretic or "water pill."

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with perindopril, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about Aceon.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Aceon only for the indication prescribed.
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Copyright 1996-2017 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 5.03.

Last reviewed: March 08, 2017
Date modified: April 03, 2017

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