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Quinapril 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg and
40 mg Film-Coated Tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine because it contains important
information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor
or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only.
Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any of the side effects talk to your doctor
or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4..

1. What Quinapril is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Quinapril
3. How to take Quinapril
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Quinapril
6. Contents of the pack and other information



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Quinapril belongs to a group of drugs called
Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors,
which are vasodilators (drugs which widen the blood
vessels, reduce blood pressure and make it easier for
the heart to pump blood around the body).
Quinapril is used to treat:
• high blood pressure
• congestive heart failure (a condition where the heart
no longer pumps blood as effectively as it should).



DO NOT take Quinapril and contact your doctor
immediately if you :
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to quinapril or any of
the other ingredients of this medicine
• have suffered an allergic reaction to any other ACE
inhibitors e.g. captopril, enalapril, which has led to
swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat
• have a condition known as hereditary angioedema
which is a serious allergic reaction which causes
swelling of the face or throat, or have ever had a
similar unexplained allergic reaction
• are more than 3 months pregnant. (It is also better
to avoid Quinapril in early pregnancy – see
pregnancy section.)
• have diabetes or impaired kidney function and you
are treated with a blood pressure lowering
medicine containing aliskiren.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before you start to take this
medicine if you:
• have any of the following heart problems:
narrowing of your heart valves, a condition called
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (inflammation of the
heart muscle fibres leading to less efficient
pumping of blood around the body), or ischaemic
heart disease (a disease characterised by lack of
blood flow and oxygen to the heart)
• have kidney problems, or disease of the arteries to
the kidneys, or you are undergoing dialysis
• recently had a kidney transplant or are suffering
from primary hyperaldosteronism (a condition in
which too much aldosterone hormone is
produced), as Quinapril is not recommended.
• have cerebrovascular disease which is a disorder
of the blood vessels of the brain and its covering
• have collagen vascular disease e.g. rheumatoid
arthritis, SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus)
which is an autoimmune condition which causes
joint pain, skin rashes and fever
• have been on a low salt diet
• are recently suffered vomiting or diarrhoea
• are taking any of the following medicines used to
treat high blood pressure:
• an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARBs) (also
known as sartans - for example valsartan,
telmisartan, irbesartan), in particular if you have
diabetes-related kidney problems
• aliskiren
Your doctor may check your kidney function, blood
pressure, and the amount of electrolytes (e.g.
potassium) in your blood at regular intervals.
See also information under the heading “DO NOT take
Quinapril and contact your doctor immediately if you”
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or
might become) pregnant. Quinapril is not
recommended in early pregnancy, and must not be
taken if you are more than 3 months pregnant, as it
may cause serious harm to your baby if used at that
stage (see pregnancy section).
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you:
• are to have haemodialysis, as a different dialysis
membrane may be needed
• are about to have a treatment called ‘LDL
apheresis’, which is the removal of cholesterol
from your blood by a machine. The doctor treating
you may wish to stop your medicine temporarily
to prevent a possible allergic reaction.
• are to have desensitising therapy to prevent
allergy to wasps, ants or bees
• are to have an operation requiring an anaesthetic
(including treatment at the dentist); tell the doctor
or dentist that you are taking Quinapril.

Other important information:
• Quinapril may not work as well in Afro-Caribbean
patients, and they may be at greater risk of certain
side effects (see section 4, Possible side effects).
• Your doctor may monitor you when you first start
taking Quinapril. This may involve urine and blood
Other medicines and Quinapril
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have
recently taken or might take any of the following
• diuretics ("water tablets"), as the risk of low blood
pressure may be increased
• other medicines for high blood pressure e.g.
atenolol, diltiazem, as the effects of Quinapril may
be increased
• potassium supplements (this includes salt
substitutes that often replace potassium), as
potassium may increase above expected levels
• non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
e.g. aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, piroxicam, as
the effectiveness of Quinapril may be reduced
• antacids (used to treat indigestion and heartburn)
e.g. aluminium hydroxide, dimeticone, as the
effectiveness of Quinapril may be reduced
• tetracycline (an antibiotic), as Quinapril may
reduce its effectiveness
• trimethoprim (an antibiotic), as your blood
potassium level may be raised
• procainamide (used to treat an abnormal heartbeat)
and cytostatic agents e.g. mercaptopurine, as there
is an increased risk of leucopenia
• medicines for diabetes, including insulin, as your
dosage may need to be adjusted
• lithium (used to help treat mood swings and severe
depression), as levels of lithium may be increased
• barbiturates (sleeping pills) e.g. phenobarbital, as
the risk of low blood pressure may be increased
• narcotic drugs (used to treat moderate or severe
pain) e.g. diamorphine, morphine, pethidine, as
the risk of low blood pressure may be increased
• allopurinol (used to treat gout), as there is an
increased risk of the blood disorder leucopenia, a
reduction in the number of white blood cells which
makes infections more likely
• immunosuppressant drugs e.g. azathioprine,
ciclosporin and corticosteroids e.g. prednisolone
and hydrocortisone, as there is an increased risk of
leucopenia, a reduction in white blood cells which
makes infections more likely
• sympathomimetics e.g. dopamine, terbutaline,
salmeterol, salbutamol, ephedrine, adrenaline, or
phenylpropanolamine. Phenylpropanolamine and
ephedrine may be present in medicines for colds
and nasal stuffiness.
Your doctor may need to change your dose and/or to
take other precautions:
If you are taking an angiotensin II receptor blocker
(ARB) or aliskiren (see also information under the
headings “DO NOT take Quinapril and contact your
doctor immediately if you” and “Warnings and
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking
or have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
Taking Quinapril with food and drink
• DO NOT take alcohol whilst being treated with
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may
be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your
doctor or pharmacist for advise before taking this
Quinapril is not recommended in early pregnancy,
and must not be taken when more than 3 months
pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your baby
if used after the third month of pregnancy.
• Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or about
to start breast-feeding. Breast-feeding newborn
babies (first few weeks after birth), and especially
premature babies, is not recommended whilst
taking Quinapril.
• In the case of an older baby your doctor should
advise you on the benefits and risks of taking
Quinapril whilst breast-feeding, compared with
other treatments.
Driving and using machines
• Quinapril may cause dizziness or drowsiness,
especially at the beginning of treatment or if taken
with alcohol. If you are affected, DO NOT drive or
operate machinery.



Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has
told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you
are not sure.
In some cases, your treatment may be started in
hospital so that you can be closely monitored.
The tablets should be swallowed preferably with a
glass of water. The usual dose is:
Adults including the elderly
• High blood pressure
10 mg once daily. Your doctor may, if necessary,
increase your dose to 20 to 40 mg a day, taken as
one or two doses.
If you are already taking a diuretic ("water tablet"),
your doctor may recommend an initial dose of
2.5 mg once daily, gradually increasing this as
necessary. Your doctor may have told you to stop
taking your diuretic medicine 2 or 3 days before
starting Quinapril.



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• Heart failure
The usual recommended dose is 2.5 mg once
daily. Your doctor will then gradually increase your
dose usually to 10 or 20 mg a day, taken as one or
two doses. The maximum dose that may be taken
is 40 mg a day.
Patients with liver or kidney problems
Your doctor may give you a lower dose if you have
liver or kidney problems.
Quinapril is not recommended for use in children
under 18 years of age.
If you take more Quinapril than you should
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of the tablets
all together or if you think a child has swallowed any
of the tablets, contact your nearest hospital casualty
department or your doctor immediately.
An overdose is likely to cause very low blood
pressure leading to dizziness and fainting, weak
pulse and clammy skin, stupor (a condition of near
unconsciousness) a slow heart beat and kidney failure.
Please take this leaflet, any remaining tablets and the
container with you to the hospital or doctor so that
they know which tablets were consumed.
If you forget to take Quinapril
If you forget to take a dose, take one as soon as you
remember, unless it is nearly time to take the next
one. DO NOT take a double dose to make up for a
forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Quinapril
DO NOT stop taking your medicine without talking to
your doctor first even if you feel better
If you have any further questions on the use of this
product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.



Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking the tablets and tell your doctor
immediately or go to the casualty department at your
nearest hospital if the following happens:
• an allergic reaction (swelling of the lips, face or
neck leading to severe difficulty in breathing; skin
rash or hives).
This is a very serious side effect. You may need
urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
The following side effects have been reported at the
approximate frequencies shown:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
• dizziness
• very low blood pressure
• cough
• nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
• headache
• fatigue
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
• serious allergic reactions causing swelling of the
face and throat (may be more common in
Afro-Caribbean patients)
• blood disorders that may be characterised by fever
or chills, sore throat or ulcers in the mouth or
throat, unusual tiredness or weakness, unusual
bleeding or unexplained bruising
• dry mouth or throat, indigestion and/or heartburn,
abdominal pain or flatulence
• pins and needles,
• asthenia which is weakness or loss of strength,
• nervousness
• palpitations (sensation of the heart beating) or
chest pain
• very low blood pressure on standing, leading to
dizziness and possibly fainting
• pain in the sinuses, throat or upper chest (possibly
with pain or difficulty in swallowing) earache and
swollen glands,
• itching, rash, skin reaction causing skin peeling,
increased perspiration, or nettle rash
• protein in the urine, impotence which is difficulty
in getting or maintaining an erection
• difficulty sleeping, sleepiness lethargy or a feeling
of weakness,
• vertigo which is a sensation that your
surroundings are spinning either up and down or
from side to side
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
• depression, confusion
• disturbances of balance, nerve problems causing
• blurred vision or squint
• ringing in the ears,
• fast heart beat, fainting, heart attack, severe chest
pain, bleeding in the brain or transient stroke-like
• changes in blood test results
• agranulocytosis which is a severe reduction in the
number of white blood cells which makes
infections more likely
• wheezing, breathlessness, bronchitis, worsening of
asthma, runny and itchy nose,
• taste disturbances, constipation, inflammation of
the pancreas, inflammation of the tongue, spasm
of the intestine
• disturbance of liver or kidney function
• skin redness, blisters/bleeding of the lips, eyes,
nose, mouth and genitals, severe blistering rash,
patches of thickened and sore skin, skin
photosensitivity and hair loss
• joint, muscle and back pain
• a condition which includes fever, inflammation of
the blood vessels, muscle pain, joint pain or
arthritis and changes in blood chemistry has been

• gynaecomastia which is a condition in which one
or both breasts in males enlarge
• inflammation of blood vessels have been reported
with other ACE inhibitors
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
• jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the
eyes), inflammation of the liver
• kidney failure
• serious allergic reaction which causes difficulty in
breathing or dizziness
• inflammation of the lungs
Reporting of side effects:
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist . This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side
effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine



Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
Do not store above 25oC.
Store in the original package.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date that is
stated on the outer packaging. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicine via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw
away medicines you no longer use. These measures
will help to protect the environment.



What Quinapril Tablets contain:
• The active ingredient is quinapril (as quinapril
hydrochloride), 5mg, 10mg, 20mg or 40 mg.
• The other ingredients are magnesium carbonate
heavy, calcium hydrogen phosphate, anhydrous
gelatin, crospovidone Type A, magnesium stearate,
film coat, hypromellose titanium dioxide (E171)
and macrogol 600, macrogol 400.
• Quinapril 40mg also includes iron oxide yellow
What Quinapril Tablets look like and contents of the
• Quinapril 5mg Tablets are white oval film-coated
tablets, debossed “5” on one side and breakline on
both sides
• Quinapril 10mg Tablets are white oval film-coated
tablets, debossed “10” on one side and scoreline
on the other
• Quinapril 20mg Tablets are white oval filmcoated
tablets, debossed “20” on one side and scoreline
on the other
• Quinapril 40mg Tablets are yellow oval film coated
tablets, debossed “40” on one side and scoreline
on the other
• Quinapril is available in pack sizes of 28, 28
(calendar), 30, 50, 50 (hospital pack), 56, 100, or
300 (10x30) tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The Marketing Authorisation holder is TEVA UK
Limited, Eastbourne, BN22 9AG and the company
responsible for manufacture is Teva Pharmaceutical
Works Co. Ltd, Debrecen, Hungary.
This leaflet was last revised: September 2015
PL 00289/0462-0465


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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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