This medicine contains the active ingredient Enalapril which belongs to a group of medicines called ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors). These medicines stop the production of angiotensin-converting enzyme which enables the body to produce a hormone called angiotensin II. This causes the blood vessels to widen and lowers the amount of water in the blood. Enalapril is prescribed for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart failure.
Is Enalapril suitable for me?
Enalapril is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Enalapril or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- if you are more than 3 months pregnant
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are breastfeeding
- have kidney disease
- are more than 70 years old
- have heart, blood or liver problems
- have collagen vascular disease (e.g. lupus erthematosus, rheumatoid arthritis or scleroderma)
- have atherosclerosis
- have ever had angioedema
Enalapril interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Enalapril?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet.
You should take Enalapril exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- The usual starting dose for hypertension is 5 to 20 mg tablet taken once a day, and this could be increased up to the maximum dose of 40 mg taken once a day.
- The usual starting dose for heart failure is 2,5 mg taken once a day, and this could be increased up to the maximum dose of 40 mg per day, divided into two doses.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Enalapril side effects?
Like all medicines Enalapril can cause side effects, including:
Very common side effects:
- Feeling dizzy, weak or sick.
Common side effects:
- Blood pressure and heart problems
- Headache, fainting
- Change in sense of taste,
- Tiredness, depression,
- Increased blood potassium level, increased levels of creatinine in your blood
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.