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Enapril 5 mg is a prescription medicine for high blood pressure and heart attack. It contains the active ingredient Enalapril which belongs to the class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzymes) and is one of the most popular drugs in treating heart failure and hypertension. ACE inhibitors are the drugs that inhibit the action of Angiotensin-converting enzymes in the body. Angiotensin II causes constriction of blood vessels and increases blood pressure. ACE inhibitors relax the blood vessels and decrease elevated blood pressure.
Enalapril 5 mg is available in the form of an oral tablet. It is very important to consume medicine on time as prescribed. Various factors are observed before prescribing a medicine. The doctor is the one who will prescribe the best suitable dose for you. The initial recommended dosage starts from 5 mg and can be increased or decreased depending upon the patient’s severity of the condition. Swallow the tablet with a glass full of water. Do not crush or chew it. Enalapril can be taken once 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 the best results and helps to remember when to take the drug. Dose adjustments are made basis on the levels of blood pressure. Always take medicine as instructed by your doctor. 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 a physician first. Speak to your doctor in case of missed dose and overdose.
Your doctor will test your blood pressure regularly during the treatment to check if Enapril 5 mg has not affected your kidney function. You should not use an Enalapril formulation if you are allergic to it or if you take heart medicines, have a history of angioedema, or are allergic to any other ACE inhibitor such as captopril lisinopril, benazepril perindopril, etc. Make sure you do not take Enapril 5 mg tablet after taking a medicine that contains sacubitril if you have diabetes, kidney disease, liver problem, electrolyte balance, heart disease, or a history of blood clots.
All medicines have side effects, sometimes, they are serious, but most of the time, they are not. Some common side effects of Enapril 5mg are a dry cough that doesn’t go away, headache, dizziness or lightheadedness, mild skin rash, diarrhoea, and blurred vision. Other serious ones include irregular heartbeat, yellow skin, shortness of breath, severe stomach pain, swollen ankles, and weak arms and legs.