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Accupril Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is quinapril (Accupril)?
- What are the possible side effects of quinapril (Accupril)?
- What is the most important information I should know about quinapril (Accupril)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking quinapril (Accupril)?
- How should I take quinapril (Accupril)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Accupril)?
- What happens if I overdose (Accupril)?
- What should I avoid while taking quinapril (Accupril)?
- What other drugs will affect quinapril (Accupril)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking quinapril (Accupril)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to quinapril or to any other ACE inhibitor, such as benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), fosinopril (Monopril), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), ramipril (Altace), or trandolapril (Mavik).
To make sure you can safely take quinapril, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
- liver disease;
- heart disease or congestive heart failure;
- diabetes; or
- a connective tissue disease such as Marfan syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, scleroderma, or rheumatoid arthritis.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use quinapril if you are pregnant. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Quinapril can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control while taking quinapril.
Quinapril can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take quinapril (Accupril)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking this medication, which can lead to severely low blood pressure or a serious electrolyte imbalance. Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.
Drink plenty of water while you are taking quinapril.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your kidney or liver function will need to be checked with blood tests. Visit your doctor regularly.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using quinapril. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Additional Accupril Information
- Accupril Drug Interactions Center: quinapril oral
- Accupril Side Effects Center
- Accupril Overview including Precautions
- Accupril FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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