Enalapril - Drug Information

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General Information on Enalapril

Generic Name : Enalapril

Pronunciation : e nal' a pril

Latest prescription information about Enalapril. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.4 | Therapeutic Classification : ACE Inhibitors

Why is Enalapril Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitor, prescribed for high blood pressure either alone or with other medications. It is also used for heart failure. It decreases certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels.

When should Enalapril not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with history of angioedema due to previous treatment with ACE inhibitors, pregnancy, newborns and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category D :

There is an evidence of fetal risk based on adverse reaction data, but potential benefits may allow the drug to be used in pregnant women despite risks.

What is the dosage of Enalapril?

PO- The recommended dose is 5 � 20mg/day, once or twice daily.

How should Enalapril be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Enalapril?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart or kidney disease, skin disorder, diabetes, cardiac muscle disease, poor blood circulation, dehydration, dialysis, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
It may cause vomiting or diarrhea which leads to dehydration; take enough fluids to avoid this problem.
Avoid exposure to sunlight; otherwise it may cause sunburn.
Patient may develop with increased risk of Dual Blockade of Renin-Angiotensin System (RAS).

What are the side effects of Enalapril?

   Body As A Whole : Fainting, chest pain, fatigue, abdominal pain and weakness.
   Heart : Low blood pressure, chest pain and heart attack.
   Gastrointestinal : Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
   Central nervous System : Dizziness and headache.
   Respiratory : Cough, asthma and difficulty in breathing.
   Skin : Rash.
   Genitourinary : Urinary tract infection.

What are the other precautions for Enalapril?

Monitor liver function, kidney function and complete blood cell counts regularly while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions of Enalapril?

Store it at room temperature and protect it from moisture.


Schedule : H

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