What is Ramipril?
It is a medication from a family of medicines known as ACE Inhibitors. It causes blood vessels to relax in the body. It is used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, reduce cardiovascular risk and to preserve kidney function in certain diabetics. In the US it is sold under the Brand Name Altace®.
Capsules available in 1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg
Heart Failure started at 1.25 to 2.5 mg twice a day. May increase up to 5 mg twice a day
High Blood Pressure started at 2.5 mg daily. May be increased up to 20 mg daily
Reduce cardiovascular Risk 2.5 mg twice a day to start may be increased up to 10 mg daily
Diabetics dosages vary from 1.25 mg to 10 mg daily
Your Doctor will determine the appropriate dosage for you.
How to take Ramipril
Capsules may be opened and put in a small amount of water or juice and drank. Separate from antacids by two hours. Try to take your dose at the same time each day. Avoid using with anti inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and naproxen, as they may raise your blood pressure.
Avoid using during pregnancy. And, do not stop this medication suddenly.
Side Effects of Ramipril
Common side effects may include: Dizziness, drowsiness, dry cough, nausea, diarrhea, headache, low blood pressure, high potassium, rash, change in heart rate and others.
Rare and serious side effect can include: swelling of the face or throat, birth defects, liver and kidney problems, serious rash, hearing loss, sensitivity to light and others.
Ramipril and Alcohol
Caution is advised. Alcohol may lower blood pressure during consumption, but could cause blood pressure to go up the next day. Most people are able to tolerate 1 or 2 drinks without issue. However, it is best to approve it with your doctor first.
Always contact a healthcare provider if you feel you are having problems with your medications.