This medicine contains the active ingredient Perindopril which belongs to the group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. ACE inhibitors do not allow the production of angiotensin II hormone which causes the compression of the blood vessels, so that they are relaxed and wide and the blood pressure is lowered. This medicine is prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure and chronic heart failure (hearth is no longer able to pump blood as it should). It is also prescribed if you have had a heart attack or if you suffer from stable coronary artery disease (the blood supply to the heart is reduced or blocked).
Is Perindopril suitable for me?
Perindopril is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- If you are allergic to Perindopril, other ACE inhibitor medicines or other ingredients of this medicine
- If you are taking medicines containing aliskiren
- if you are more than 3 months pregnant
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have a heart problem
- have diabetes
- have kidney or liver problems
- are receiving dialysis
- have problems with your immune system
- are on a low salt diet
- have atherosclerosis (fatty deposits on the walls of your arteries).
- have peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation).
- have collagen vascular disease, as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or scleroderma.
- have cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), or aortic stenosis (narrowing of the main blood vessel from your heart)
- are planning surgery
- have ever had angioedema (your face, tongue or throat swells)
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
Perindopril 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 Perindopril?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet.
You should take Perindopril exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- For the treatment of high blood pressure, the usual starting dose is 4 mg once a day, and the maintenance dose is 8 mg once a day.
- For the treatment of heart failure, the usual starting dose is 2 mg once a day, and the maintenance dose is 4 mg once a day.
- For the treatment of stable coronary artery disease, the usual starting dose is 4 mg per day, and the usual maintenance dose is 8 mg once a day.
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 Perindopril side effects?
Like all medicines Perindopril can cause side effects, including:
- dizziness, headache
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- skin rash
- vision disturbance
- shortness of breath
- abdominal pain
- taste disturbances
- dyspepsia or difficulty of digestion
- muscle cramps
- feeling of tiredness
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.