Generic name: trandolapril (tran-DOE-la-pril)
Drug class: Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 31, 2021.
Discontinue trandolapril as soon as possible if the patient becomes pregnant, as drugs that target the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and death to the developing fetus .
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Therapeutic Class: Antihypertensive
Pharmacologic Class: ACE Inhibitor
Uses for trandolapril
Trandolapril is used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. Lowering blood pressure can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Trandolapril is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It works by blocking a substance in the body that causes the blood vessels to tighten. As a result, trandolapril relaxes the blood vessels. This lowers blood pressure and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
Trandolapril is used to treat congestive heart failure. It is also used in some patients after a heart attack. After a heart attack, some of the heart muscle becomes damaged and weak. The heart muscle may continue to weaken as time goes by. This makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood. Trandolapril may be started within the first few days after a heart attack to increase survival rate. It can also help cut down on the number of hospital visits for heart problems.
Trandolapril is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before using trandolapril
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For trandolapril, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to trandolapril or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of trandolapril in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of trandolapril in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more sensitive to the effects of trandolapril than younger adults.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking trandolapril, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using trandolapril with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
Using trandolapril with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Alteplase, Recombinant
- Azilsartan Medoxomil
- Candesartan Cilexetil
- Olmesartan Medoxomil
- Potassium Phosphate
Using trandolapril with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Bupivacaine Liposome
- Choline Salicylate
- Ethacrynic Acid
- Flufenamic Acid
- Gold Sodium Thiomalate
- Mefenamic Acid
- Niflumic Acid
- Nimesulide Beta Cyclodextrin
- Propionic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
- Sodium Salicylate
- Tiaprofenic Acid
- Tolfenamic Acid
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other medical problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of trandolapril. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Angioedema (swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, or legs), history of—May increase risk of this condition occurring again.
- Collagen vascular disease (an autoimmune disease) together with kidney disease—Increased risk of blood problems.
- Diabetes or
- Kidney problems—Increased risk of potassium levels in the body becoming too high.
- Diabetic patients who are also taking aliskiren (Tekturna®) or
- Hereditary or idiopathic angioedema or
- Patients who have kidney problems and are also taking aliskiren (Tekturna®)—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
- Electrolyte imbalance (eg, high or low potassium or sodium in the body) or
- Fluid imbalance (caused by dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea) or
- Heart or blood vessel problems (eg, aortic stenosis) or
- Kidney disease or
- Liver disease—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
Proper use of trandolapril
In addition to the use of trandolapril, treatment for your high blood pressure may include weight control and changes in the types of foods you eat, especially foods high in sodium (salt). Your doctor will tell you which of these are most important for you. You should check with your doctor before changing your diet.
Many patients who have high blood pressure will not notice any signs of the problem. In fact, many may feel normal. It is very important that you take your medicine exactly as directed and that you keep your appointments with your doctor even if you feel well.
Remember that trandolapril will not cure your high blood pressure but it does help control it. You must continue to take it as directed if you expect to lower your blood pressure and keep it down. You may have to take high blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life. If high blood pressure is not treated, it can cause serious problems such as heart failure, blood vessel disease, stroke, or kidney disease.
You may take trandolapril with or without food.
The dose of trandolapril will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of trandolapril. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For oral dosage form (tablets):
- For high blood pressure:
- Adults—At first, 1 to 2 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose to 2 to 4 mg per day.
- Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For treatment after a heart attack:
- Adults—At first, 1 milligram (mg) once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose to 4 mg per day taken as a single dose.
- Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For high blood pressure:
If you miss a dose of trandolapril, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Precautions while using trandolapril
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure trandolapril is working properly. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Using trandolapril while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using trandolapril, tell your doctor right away.
You should not use trandolapril together with sacubitril. Do not use trandolapril and sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto®) within 36 hours of each other.
Trandolapril may cause serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. This can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, hoarseness, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you are using trandolapril.
Call your doctor right away if you have severe stomach pain (with or without nausea or vomiting). This could be a symptom of a condition called intestinal angioedema.
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting may also occur, especially when you get up from a lying or sitting position or if you have been taking a diuretic (water pill). Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how trandolapril affects you. If you feel dizzy, lie down so you do not faint. Then sit for a few moments before standing to prevent the dizziness from returning.
Check with your doctor right away if you become sick while taking trandolapril, especially with severe or continuing nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. These conditions may cause you to lose too much water or salt and may lead to low blood pressure. You can also lose water by sweating, so drink plenty of water during exercise or in hot weather.
Check with your doctor if you have a fever, chills, or sore throat. These may be symptoms of an infection resulting from low white blood cells. .
Check with your doctor right away if you have pain or tenderness in the upper stomach, dark urine, pale stools, nausea, vomiting, or yellow skin or eyes. These could be symptoms of a serious liver problem.
Hyperkalemia (high potassium in the blood) may occur while you are using trandolapril. Check with your doctor right away if you have the following symptoms: abdominal or stomach pain, confusion, difficulty with breathing, irregular heartbeat, nausea or vomiting, nervousness, numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips, shortness of breath, or weakness or heaviness of the legs. Ask your doctor before you use any medicine, salt substitute, or supplement that contains potassium.
Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using trandolapril. You may need to stop using trandolapril several days before having surgery.
Check with your doctor right away if you have bloody urine, a decrease in frequency or amount of urine, an increase in blood pressure, increased thirst, loss of appetite, lower back or side pain, nausea, swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs, troubled breathing, unusual tiredness or weakness, vomiting, or weight gain. These could be symptoms of a serious kidney problem.
Trandolapril may be less effective in black patients. Black patients also have an increased risk of angioedema (swelling of the hands, arms, face, mouth, or throat).
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This especially includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines for appetite control, asthma, colds, cough, hay fever, or sinus problems, and herbal or vitamin supplements, since they may tend to increase your blood pressure.
Trandolapril side effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- Blurred vision
- difficulty with breathing
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- irregular heartbeat
- numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
- stomach pain
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- weakness or heaviness of the legs
- Chest pain or discomfort
- cool, sweaty skin
- difficulty with speaking
- double vision
- inability to move the arms, legs, or facial muscles
- muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face
- numbness and tingling around the mouth
- slow heartbeat
- stomach cramps
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- stomach discomfort or upset
- Burning feeling in the chest or stomach
- difficulty with moving
- joint pain
- muscle aches, pain, or stiffness
- swollen joints
- tenderness in the stomach area
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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