What is Accupril used for?
QUINAPRIL is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used for the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failures.
What should I discuss with my physician prior to taking Accupril?
Please do tell your physician if you have any of the following conditions:
- heart or blood vessel disease
- immune system disease like lupus or scleroderma
- kidney diseases
- liver diseases
- low blood pressure
- previous swelling of the tongue, face, or lips with difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat
- an unusual or allergic reaction to quinapril, other ACE inhibitors or medicines, insect venom, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How is Accupril should be taken?
Take it orally accompanied with a glass of water. Your doses should be taken at the regular intervals. You should never take more of this medicine than you are prescribed. Do not stop taking this medicine prematurely except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine by children. Special care might be necessary.
Overdosage: If you suspect an overdosage, get in touch with the nearest poison control center or emergency room immediately.
NOTE: This medicine is only intended for your use. You should never share it with the others.
What to do if I missed a dose of Accupril?
If you missed a dose, it should be taken as soon as possible. If the time has almost come for the next dose, only that one should be taken. You should never take double or extra doses; a single doze is sufficient for the purposes.
What are the possible interactions of Accupril with the other medicine/food/etc?
- medicines for high blood pressure
- NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
- over-the-counter herbal supplements like hawthorn
- potassium salts or potassium supplements
- salt substitutes
This list is not all-inclusive. Provide your health care provider with a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements that you use. Also tell them whether you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some of those items may also interact with your medicine.
Is there anything I should pay attention to while taking Accupril?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for check ups. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be, and when you should contact them. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice an irregular or fast heart beat.
Female patients should inform their doctor if they are planning to become pregnant during the treatment course or think that they might already be pregnant. Taking this medicine during pregnancy might cause serious side effects to your unborn child. Refer to your health care professional or pharmacist for more details on the issue.
Check with your doctor or health care professional if you get an attack of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or if you sweat a lot. The loss of too much body fluid can make it dangerous for you to go on taking this medicine.
You may experience drowsiness or dizziness symptoms. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand up or sit up quickly, especially if you are a senior patient. This is to reduce the risk of possible dizziness or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Refrain from using alcohol at all costs.
Avoid salt substitutes unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or health care professional.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.
Does Accupril have any possible side effects?
The following side effects should be reported to your doctor or health care professional as soon as they are noticed:
- abdominal pain with or without nausea or vomiting
- allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the hands, feet, face, lips, throat, or tongue
- dark urine
- difficulty breathing
- dizzy, lightheaded or fainting spell
- fever or sore throat
- irregular heart beat, chest pains
- pain or difficulty passing urine
- unusually weak
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
The side effects listed below usually do not necessarily require any medical attention (please do report them to your physician if they are recurrent or bothersome):
- change in sex drive or performance
- dry mouth
Other side effects are also possible, the above list is not all inclusive.
Where should I keep Accupril?
Keep this medicine out of the children’s reach.
This medicine should be stored at the room temperatures between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect it from the light. Dispose of any unused medicine after the expiry date is reached.