Quinapril is a potent drug used in the treatment of high blood pressure and heart attack. It belongs to the class of ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) and is one of the most popular drugs given in the treatment of heart failure and hypertension.
Understating the ailments it is used for:
Quinapril is given in hypertension that decreases the work load of the heart. Hypertension increases the susceptibility of serious cardiovascular diseases like heart failure, heart attack and angina pectoris.
Understanding the drug Quinapril:
How it works?
Quinapril belongs to the class of ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor). 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.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Quinapril if you:
- Have allergy to Quinapril
- Have heart diseases
- Have kidney disease
- Have liver disease
- Are suffering from connective tissue disease like rheumatoid arthritis
- Have diabetes and asthma
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Are breast feeding
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. Generally, 10 or 20 mg is recommended as an initial dose. Doctor will prescribe best suitable dose for you. Dosage can be adjusted depending upon the patient’s severity of the condition.
What are the strengths available?
Quinapril tablets contain the following three strength combinations on the website:
Acuitel 5 mg
Acuitel 20 mg
Acuitel 40 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Acuitel is manufactured by Pfizer Inc, a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our websites in the pack of 28 and 20 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?
Quinapril can be taken once in a day. It can be taken with or without food a day. It is best to take the medicine at same time daily as 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 dial local Poison helpline number 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:
- Blurred vision
- Dry cough
Some serious side effects associated with this combination are as follows:
- Fever, chills and body aches
- Pale or yellowing skin
- Pain in chest
- Hyperkalemia symptoms like muscle weakness and bradycardia
- Rapid weight gain
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 Quinapril. Drugs listed below may interact with Quinapril can hinder its normal functioning:
- Potassium supplements
- Birth control pills
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Keep the medicine in a close tight container and out of reach of children
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- If you experience any allergic reaction immediately consult with your doctor
- This medicine can pass into breast milk and may cause harm to the fetal damage
- This drug causes dizziness so avoid driving and machinery after consuming it
- Excess of sweating, diarrhea and vomiting can cause dehydration. So compensate the fluid loss by drinking lots of fluid
- Older people are more sensitive to the side effects of the drug
- Don’t exceed the recommended dose