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Vasotec vs. Altace

Are Vasotec and Altace the Same Thing?

Vasotec (enalapril maleate) and Altace (ramipril) are ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, and to improve survival after a heart attack.

Vasotec is also used to treat kidney problems caused by diabetes.

Side effects of Vasotec and Altace that are similar include dizziness.

Side effects of Vasotec that are different from Altace include lightheadedness or weakness as your body adjusts to the medication.

Side effects of Altace that are different from Vasotec include headache, cough, tired feeling, spinning sensation, feeling unwell (malaise), nausea, vomiting, and stomach discomfort.

Both Vasotec and Altace may interact with gold injections to treat arthritis, lithium, potassium supplements, salt substitutes that contain potassium, aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or diuretics (water pills).

Vasotec may also interact with alcohol.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Vasotec?

Common side effects of Vasotec include:

  • dizziness,
  • lightheadedness, or
  • weakness as your body adjusts to the medication.

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Vasotec including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Altace?

Common side effects of Altace include:

  • headache,
  • cough,
  • tired feeling,
  • dizziness,
  • spinning sensation,
  • malaise,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting, and
  • stomach discomfort.

What Is Vasotec?

Vasotec (enalapril maleate) is an ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, kidney problems caused by diabetes, and to improve survival after a heart attack.

What Is Altace?

Altace (ramipril) is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor that reduces high blood pressure by reducing or relaxing blood vessels. Altace is used to lower blood pressure and to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, and increase survival in heart failure patients after a heart attack.

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What Drugs Interact With Vasotec?

Vasotec may interact with gold injections to treat arthritis, lithium, potassium supplements, salt substitutes that contain potassium, aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Vasotec is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm a fetus. This medication passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Altace?

Altace may interact with diuretics (water pills), gold injections, lithium, potassium supplements, salt substitutes that contain potassium, or aspirin or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should Vasotec Be Taken?

Dose of Vasotec varies depending on the condition being treated.

How Should Altace Be Taken?

Altace is available in 1.5, 2.5, 5 and 10 mg strength tablets.

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Reviewed on 5/13/2019
References


FDA. Vasotec Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2012/018998s076lbl.pdf

FDA. Altace Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/022021s007lbl.pdf
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