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Enalapril is a potent drug used in the treatment of high blood pressure and heart attack. It belongs to the class of ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme) and is one of the most popular drugs given in the treatment of heart failure and hypertension.
ACE inhibitors are the drugs that inhibit the action of Angiotensin converting enzyme in the body. Angiotensin II causes constriction of blood vessels and increases the blood pressure. This way, ACE inhibitors relaxes the blood vessels and decreases the elevated blood pressure. Enalapril is available in oral tablet dosage forms.
Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic drug that helps to prevent body from absorbing excess of salt that causes fluid retention. Both the drugs combined to produce antihypertensive effect and are given in various other cardiovascular conditions like:
Understating the ailments it is used for:
Enalapril is given in hypertension that decreases the work load of the heart. It also decreases the risk of various heart conditions:
Understanding the drug Enalapril:
How it works?
Enalapril belongs to the class of ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor). It stops the formation of Angiotensin II which causes constriction of blood vessels and increases the blood pressure. It relaxes the constricted blood vessels and helps heart in pumping the blood more easily. It reduces the post heart attack damage by supplying sufficient oxygen supply. In case of kidney problems, it improves the blood supply in the vessels found in the kidneys and reduces the chance of getting hypertension and diabetes post effects.
It is a diuretic drug that acts on the kidneys. Hydrochlorothiazide acts by increasing the excretion of salt and water out of the body. By removing water and electrolytes from the blood stream, it reduces the pressure within the blood vessels. Therefore, it acts as antihypertensive agent.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Enalapril and Hydrochlorothiazide if you:
How much to take?
Always take the dose as prescribed by the physician. It is very important to consume medicine timely. Various factors are observed before prescribing a disease. The doctor is the one who will prescribe best suitable dose for you. Always take the medicine as prescribed by the doctor.
What are the strengths available?
Enalapril and Hydrochlorothiazide tablets contain the following one strength combination on the website:
Enapril HT 10+25 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Enapril HT is manufactured by Intas pharmaceuticals ltd, a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our websites in the pack of 30 tablets.
How to take?
You must swallow the whole tablet with one glass full of water. Do not crush or chew it.
When to take?
Enalapril and Hydrochlorothiazide can be taken once in a day. It can be taken with or without food a day. It is best to take it at the same time daily because it shows best results and helps to remember when to take the drug. Dose adjustments are done basis on the levels of blood pressure. Always take the medicine as instructed by your doctor.
For how long should it be taken?
It is important to take the drug as instructed by your doctor. Abrupt discontinuation of medicine can cause adverse reactions. So before stopping the drug intake, always consult physician first.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
You may need urgent medical attention or you can consult with your doctor if you encounter the below listed symptoms:
What if you miss the dose?
Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose then skip the dose and take your next dose on the correct time. Do not double up the dose to compensate for the missed one.
What are the side effects?
All medicines have their side effects, sometimes they are serious but most of the times they are not. Some common side effects are listed below:
Some serious side effects associated with this combination are as follows:
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Enalapril and Hydrochlorothiazide. Drugs listed below may interact with Enalapril and Hydrochlorothiazide can hinder its normal functioning:
What are the things to be taken care of?