Drug Class: What is Altace an why is it prescribed
Drug Mechanism: How does Altace work?
Dosage: How should you take Altace
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Altace
Special information on Altace
Altace side effects
|Drug Class: What is Altace an why is it prescribed|
|Generic Altace is in a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors). ACE inhibitors help to reduce blood pressure by decreasing production of a protein — produced in the human body — that can cause the blood vessels to constrict.
Generic Altace is used in the treatment of high blood pressure. Generic Altace is effective when used alone or in combination with other high blood pressure medications, especially thiazide-type water pills (diuretics). Generic Altace also enhances blood flow in your circulatory system.
Generic Altace is the only ACE inhibitor proven to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular death in high-risk patients aged 55+. Typical candidates include those who suffer from coronary artery disease, poor circulation, stroke, or diabetes and have at least one other risk factor, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, low HDL (\"good\") cholesterol, or cigarette smoking.
|Drug Mechanism: How does Altace work?|
|Generic Altace contains the active ingredient ramipril, which is a type of medicine called an ACE inhibitor. ACE inhibitors work by blocking the action of a compound in the body called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). Normally ACE produces another compound called angiotensin II, as part of the body\'s natural control of blood pressure. Angiotensin II has two actions. Firstly, it causes blood vessels to constrict and narrow, and secondly, it reduces the production of urine by the kidneys. Both these actions increase the pressure within the blood vessels.|
|Dosage: How should you take Altace|
Generic Altace Overdose
Symptoms of low blood pressure are likely to be the primary warning of an Generic Altace overdose.
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Preparations of Generic Altace
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Altace|
If Generic Altace is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Generic Altace with the following:
You may not be able to take Generic Altace, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during your treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Generic Altace or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines
|Special information on Altace|
|Most important fact about Generic Altace
If you are taking Generic Altace for high blood pressure, you must take Generic Altace regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may be several weeks before you get the full benefit of Generic Altace; and you must continue taking it even if you are feeling well. Generic Altace does not cure high blood pressure; it merely keeps it under control.
Special precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Generic Altace passes into breast milk and its effects on a nursing baby are not known. Do not take Generic Altace without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Special warnings about Generic Altace
If you are taking Generic Altace, your kidney function should be given a complete assessment and should continue to be monitored.
Do not take Generic Altace if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. When used during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, Generic Altace can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. Notify your doctor immediately if you think you might be pregnant.
If you notice your skin or the whites of your eyes turning yellow, notify your doctor. Your liver may be affected, and you may have to stop taking Generic Altace. Your doctor should routinely test your liver function while you are on Generic Altace.
Generic Altace may reduce the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in your bloodstream. Generic Altace should be used with caution if you have impaired liver or kidney function, or a disease of the connective tissue such as lupus erythematosus or scleroderma. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop a sore throat or fever, which could be a sign of this condition.
Generic Altace may increase the risk of dangerous allergic reactions. Before taking Generic Altace, tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction that involved swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat or difficulty breathing. Seek emergency medical attention if you develop any of these symptoms while taking Generic Altace.
Generic Altace may cause severe allergic reactions in people undergoing desensitization therapy with bee or wasp venom. Generic Altace may cause severe reactions in kidney dialysis patients.
|Altace side effects|
|Why Generic Altace should not be prescribed?
If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Generic Altace, or if you have a history of swelling of the face, tongue, or throat while taking similar drugs such as Capoten, Vasotec, and Zestril, you should not take Generic Altace. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any drug reactions that you have experienced.
Possible Generic Altace side effects
More common side effects of Generic Altace may include:
Less common or rare side effects of Generic Altace may include:
People who have been prescribed Generic Altace after a heart attack may also experience light-headedness when standing; more severe heart failure is also a possibility.
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