This medication is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, prescribed for high blood pressure and heart failure either alone or with other medications. It works by relaxing blood vessels.
Quinapril lowers blood pressure by lowering a strong chemical in the body. It helps the heart work better. It helps kidney function in patients with high blood sugar (diabetes). It helps blood flow.
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after food. Adult- PO- Hypertension: The recommended initial dose is 10 or 20 mg once daily. It may be adjusted if needed. Congestive Heart Failure: Initial dose: 5 mg orally twice a day. Maintenance: 10-20 mg orally twice a day.
Dizziness, coughing, fatigue, nausea , vomiting, chest pain, low blood pressure, difficulty in breathing, diarrhea, headache, muscle pain, rash and back pain.
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
If you have an allergy to quinapril or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. If you have high blood sugar (diabetes) and are taking aliskiren. If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain. Very bad dizziness or passing out. Trouble breathing. Too much sweat, fluid loss, throwing up, or loose stools. May lead to low blood pressure. A big weight gain. Swelling in your legs or belly. Cough that does not go away. Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines: - a mood medicine called lithium. - other medicines for blood pressure or heart conditions. - a type of painkiller known as NSAIDs, for example, diclofenac, mefenamic acid, ibuprofen. - diabetes medicine. - potassium supplements (either as a medicine or as a salt substitute). - antibiotics like tetracycline. - Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Cut down on your salt intake, this may help lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health. Speak to your doctor or dietitian about ways to cut down on your salt intake. - Avoid drinking too much alcohol. Speak to your doctor if you have a drinking problem.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category D : There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
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