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Vasotec Blood Pressure Medication: Benefits and Side Effects You Should Know

By    |   Monday, 11 Jul 2016 08:04 PM

If you suffer from hypertension, your doctor may prescribe blood pressure medication. It is important to understand the many benefits of these drugs along with potential risks prior to taking them.

Vasotec is the brand name of the generic drug called enalapril. Vasotec is in a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors that work by blocking a chemical in the body that tightens blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. This blood pressure medication is also used to treat congestive heart failure and disorders of the heart’s ventricles, says Everyday Health.

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WebMD advises patients to take their prescribed dosage of Vasotec exactly as directed and preferably at the same time each day. Since people with hypertension usually do not feel sick, it is crucial to continue taking blood pressure medication even when you feel well. It may take several weeks after the start of treatment to get the full effect of the drug.

Vasotec can injure or kill an unborn baby, so this blood pressure medication is not safe to take if you are pregnant, warns Drugs.com. You should also avoid Vasotec if you have ever had angioedema, a swelling in the deepest layers of the skin.

There is a risk of developing kidney problems with Vasotec, so Drugs.com says to watch for symptoms like rapid weight gain, little or no urination, or shortness of breath.

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Aside from the risks of taking Vasotec, Everyday Health lists several other side effects, which are not considered serious. These side effects include:

• Nausea
• Diarrhea
• Dizziness
• Headache
• Drowsiness
• Dry mouth
• Coughing
• Insomnia
• Rash and itching
• Loss of appetite or inability to taste food

WebMD says most side effects of Vasotec occur at the onset of treatment and continue as the body acclimates to taking blood pressure medication. Usually, the side effects become less severe, but if they don’t, you should contact your physician right away.

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