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Univasc Side Effects

Generic Name: moexipril

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug moexipril. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Univasc.

In Summary

More frequent side effects include: cough and dizziness. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to moexipril: oral tablet

As well as its needed effects, moexipril (the active ingredient contained in Univasc) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

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

Less common:
  • Blurred vision
  • chills
  • confusion
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • fever
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Minor Side Effects

Some moexipril 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:
  • Dry cough
Less common:
  • Body aches or pain
  • congestion
  • difficulty moving
  • dizziness
  • feeling of warmth
  • hoarseness
  • muscle cramping
  • muscle stiffness
  • rash
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and upper chest
  • swollen joints
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • trouble swallowing
  • voice changes

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to moexipril: oral tablet


The most commonly reported adverse effects considered to be related to use of this drug were headache, cough, dizziness, fatigue, flushing, and rash.[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, flu syndrome, pain, peripheral edema, chest pain
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Fever
Rare (less than 0.1%): Malaise[Ref]


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


Common (1% to 10%): Diarrhea, dyspepsia, nausea
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abdominal pain, constipation, vomiting
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Dry mouth
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Pancreatitis
Frequency not reported: Intestinal angioedema[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dizziness
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cerebrovascular accident, transient ischemic attack, syncope
Rare (less than 0.1%): Numbness, paresthesia, balance disturbance, drowsiness, tingling sensations, alteration or transient loss of taste, tinnitus[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Serum creatinine increased, BUN increased
Rare (less than 0.1%): Acute renal failure, renal insufficiency[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Rash
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, pruritus, urticaria, erythema multiforme, psoriasis-like efflorescence, pemphigus, alopecia
Rare (less than 0.1%): Angioedema
Frequency not reported: Sweating, photosensitivity[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Flushing
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, rhythm disorder, tachycardia, palpitation, hypotension
Frequency not reported: Symptomatic hypotension, postural hypotension[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Myalgia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Arthralgia[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Urinary frequency
Rare (less than 0.1%): Impotence
Frequency not reported: Oliguria[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Appetite loss, uric acid elevated
Rare (less than 0.1%): Hyperkalemia
Frequency not reported: Hyponatremia[Ref]


Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Anemia, neutropenia, eosinophilia, thrombocytopenia
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Pancytopenia, agranulocytosis, hemolytic anemia in patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, hemoglobin decreased, hematocrit decreased, platelets decreased, white cell count decreased[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Confusion, depression, sleep disturbances
Frequency not reported: Nervousness, mood changes, anxiety[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Vision blurred[Ref]


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hepatitis, liver enzymes elevated, serum bilirubin elevated[Ref]


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

2. "Product Information. Univasc (moexipril)." Schwarz Pharma, Mequon, WI.

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

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