What is Quinapril?
It is from a family of medications known as ACE Inhibitors. It is used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and to prevent kidney damage in diabetics. In the US it is sold under the brand name Accupril®. Tablets are available in 5 mg , 10 mg, 20 mg and 40mg. It works to lower blood pressure by causing blood vessels to relax.
Heart Failure dosage usually starts around 5 mg twice a day and may be slowly increased up to 40 mg twice a day.
Treating high blood pressure is generally started at 10 mg to 20 mg once a day. It may be increased to 80 mg a day.
Diabetic Nephropathy (diabetic kidney damage) dosed at 20 mg to 40 mg a day.
Your healthcare provider will determine the appropriate dose for you.
Side Effects of Quinapril
Common side effects may include: dry cough, dizziness, drowsiness, increased potassium, changes in heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting, rash and others.
Rare and Serious side effects may include: Birth defects, liver problems, swelling of the face or throat and others.
Please contact your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing side effects or interactions with this or any medication. Do not stop taking quinapril suddenly as it may cause an unsafe rise in your blood pressure.