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Vasotec is the brand name for Enalapril. Enalapril is a drug used for patients who needs treatment for heart conditions. Vasotec is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. Vasotec helps build up angiotensin in the body which causes the arteries to narrow and increase blood pressure. The job of Vasotec is to destroy angiotensin to lower blood pressure and relax arteries.
Vasotec is used for people with congestive heart conditions. Vasotec can be used alone or in combination with other drugs depending on the doctor’s recommendation. Vasotec is also used for people who have suffered a heart attack as it has proven effective in treating the damaged heart, and reducing symptoms and future hospital confinements related to heart failure.
The normal dosage for Vasotec is 2.5 mg – 40 mg tablet taken once every day. It can also be taken more than once with the approval of the doctor. For treating heart failure, the usual intake should be 2.5 – 20 mg two times a day. Vasotec can also be taken intravenously with a dosage of 1.25 mg every 6 hours.
Dealing with Side Effects
Vasotec is well tolerated by patients and has only mild or transient side effects. Constant coughing is one known side effect of Vasotec. Constant coughing usually happens after suspending medication. People who take in Vasotec may also experience pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, headache, chest pains, nausea, vomiting, and fainting. Vasotec may also cause liver dysfunctions, jaundice and reduced kidney functions.
When not to take Vasotec
While Vasotec is a very helpful drug for patients, there are instances where Vasotec should not be prescribed. Vasotec can cause a serious allergic reaction which is called angiodema. Angiodema is an allergy that causes swelling, of the lips, face, arms, and legs. The danger of angiodema gives patient a hard time to breathe or to swallow. Although allergies today are readily described, it is better to contact your family doctor when you encounter any one of these symptoms.
Vasotec is not compatible with other drugs and medications. As an example, if you take bee venom to prevent an allergic reaction to bee stings, adding Vasotec to your medicine list will give you a series of serious allergic reactions. If you take Vasotec with high doses of diuretics, this might result to a very low blood pressure. Taking the right series of medicines with Vasotec is extremely important for better administration of the medication.