Enalapril is an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor, more commonly called an ACE inhibitor. Enalapril is prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, as well as specific ventricle disorders that reduce the heart's ability to pump blood at optimum performance levels.
Enalapril may come in various forms; tablets and oral suspensions are popular methods of administration. Enalapril can be taken with food, or without. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids while using this drug to prevent possible dehydration. Contact your compounding pharmacist if you have questions.
Watch for any side effects and report them to your doctor if you are concerned, or if they are persisting or becoming worse. Common side effects seen with enalapril are:
Seek Medical Treatment Immediately if Experienced:
NOTE: As some of the "common side effects" and "severe side effects" are the same, or could be the same, the only way to measure is with the severity of the side effect. If there is any doubt in your mind as to whether a side effect is serious, severe, or otherwise, it is always better to err on the side of caution and seek medical treatment.
Do not use enalapril if you have ever had angioedema.
Enalapril can cause severe injury or even possibly death to a fetus if taken during the second or third trimester. Do not use enalapril if you are about to become pregnant or are currently pregnant. If you become pregnant during your use of enalapril, discontinue use and contact your primary care physician right away.
Do not use enalapril if you are breastfeeding. Enalapril may secrete into breast milk and harm a nursing baby.
If you have diabetes do not use enalapril unless cleared by your primary care physician or other physician who knows your complete medical history and your medication history.
Alert your physician about medical conditions you may have such as:
Avoid salt substitutes and alcohol during your course of enalapril.
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