Generic Name: Ramipril (RA mi pril)
Brand Name: Altace
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 15, 2020.
- Do not take if you are pregnant. Use during pregnancy may cause birth defects or loss of the unborn baby. If you get pregnant or plan on getting pregnant while taking ramipril, call your doctor right away.
Uses of Ramipril:
- It is used to treat high blood pressure.
- It is used to help heart function after a heart attack.
- It is used to lower the chance of heart attack, stroke, and death in some people.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ramipril?
- If you have an allergy to ramipril or any other part of ramipril.
- If you are allergic to ramipril; any part of ramipril; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have ever had a very bad or life-threatening reaction called angioedema. Signs may be swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, tongue, or throat; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; unusual hoarseness.
- If you are taking a drug that has aliskiren in it and you also have diabetes or kidney problems.
- If you are taking telmisartan.
- If you are using another drug like this one. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- If you have taken a drug that has sacubitril in it in the last 36 hours.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take ramipril.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with ramipril.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take ramipril with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ramipril?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take ramipril. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how ramipril affects you.
- To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
- Check your blood pressure as you have been told.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are taking a salt substitute that has potassium in it, a potassium-sparing diuretic, or a potassium product, talk with your doctor.
- If you are on a low-salt or salt-free diet, talk with your doctor.
- Low white blood cell counts have happened with captopril, a drug like this one. This may lead to more chance of getting an infection. Most of the time, this has happened in people with kidney problems, mainly if they have certain other health problems. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection like fever, chills, or sore throat.
- If you are taking ramipril and have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor before using OTC products that may raise blood pressure. These include cough or cold drugs, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like products, and some natural products or aids.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
- Be careful in hot weather or while being active. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
- Tell your doctor if you have too much sweat, fluid loss, throwing up, or loose stools. This may lead to low blood pressure.
- This medicine may not work as well in black patients. Talk with the doctor.
- A severe and sometimes deadly reaction called angioedema has happened. The chance of angioedema may be higher in black patients.
How is this medicine (Ramipril) best taken?
Use ramipril as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take with or without food.
- Take ramipril at the same time of day.
- Keep taking ramipril as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew or crush.
- You may sprinkle contents of capsule on applesauce or in apple juice. Do not chew.
- You may sprinkle contents of capsule into a glass of water.
- If needed, you can mix a dose for future use. After mixing, you may store a mixture for up to 24 hours at room temperature or up to 48 hours in the refrigerator.
- Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
- Signs of a high potassium level like a heartbeat that does not feel normal; change in thinking clearly and with logic; feeling weak, lightheaded, or dizzy; feel like passing out; numbness or tingling; or shortness of breath.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Cough that does not go away.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Liver problems have happened with drugs like this one. Sometimes, this has been deadly. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
What are some other side effects of Ramipril?
- Feeling tired or weak.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Ramipril?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about ramipril, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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Other brands: Altace