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Altace (Ramipril) belongs to the class of medications called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is used alone and in combination with specific diuretics (water pills) to treat high blood pressure.
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Altace (Ramipril) belongs to the class of medications called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is used alone and in combination with specific diuretics (water pills) to treat high blood pressure. Altace (Ramipril) may also be used to reduce the risk of problems associated with heart disease (e.g., Heart Attack, Stroke, or death) for people over 55 years old who are at a high risk of having these problems.
It is also given to certain people after heart attacks to improve survival and reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart failure. It works by relaxing blood vessels and by making the heart pump more efficiently.
Altace (Ramipril) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Altace (Ramipril) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Altace (Ramipril) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Altace (Ramipril) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Altace (Ramipril), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Altace (Ramipril) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Altace (Ramipril) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Altace (Ramipril) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The recommended adult dose of Altace (Ramipril) ranges from 2.5 mg to 10 mg daily in 1 or 2 divided doses, depending on the dose and circumstances. The maximum daily dose of Altace (Ramipril) is 20 mg.
To treat high blood pressure, the usual starting dose for people not using diuretics (water pills) is 2.5 mg once daily. The dose is usually increased according to need every 2 weeks. The usual dose range is between 2.5 mg and 10 mg daily. For people using diuretics, your doctor may start with a lower dose of 1.25 mg daily or ask you to stop using the diuretic for 2 or 3 days before starting Altace (Ramipril).
For people at increased risk of heart disease events, the recommended starting dose is 2.5 mg once daily, increasing gradually to 10 mg daily if tolerated.
For treatment following a heart attack, the usual starting dose varies depending on existing medical conditions, blood pressure, and other medications. The recommended starting dose is 2.5 mg twice daily, increased every 1 to 3 days if appropriate. The dose should not exceed 5 mg twice daily. A lower dose of 1.25 mg twice daily may be needed for those who experience Low Blood Pressure as a result of taking the medication.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that Altace (Ramipril) be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Altace (Ramipril) at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Altace (Ramipril). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Altace (Ramipril) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Altace (Ramipril). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Altace (Ramipril).
Each size "4" hard gelatin capsule with white opaque body imprinted with "Altace" and yellow opaque cap imprinted with "1.25" contains 1.25 mg of Altace (Ramipril). Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch; capsule: gelatin, titanium dioxide, and yellow iron oxide.
Each size "4" hard gelatin capsule with white opaque body imprinted with "Altace" and orange opaque cap imprinted with "2.5" contains 2.5 mg of Altace (Ramipril). Nonmedicinal ingredients:pregelatinized starch; capsule: FD&C Red No. 3, gelatin, titanium dioxide, and yellow iron oxide.
Each size "4" hard gelatin capsule with white opaque body imprinted with "Altace" and red opaque cap imprinted with "5" contains 5 mg of Altace (Ramipril). Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch; capsule: FD&C Blue No. 2, FD&C Red No. 3, gelatin, and titanium dioxide.
Each size "4" hard gelatin capsule with white opaque body imprinted with "Altace" and blue opaque cap imprinted with "10" contains 10 mg of Altace (Ramipril). Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch; capsule: black iron oxide, FD&C Blue No. 2, FD&C Red No. 3, gelatin, and titanium dioxide.
Each size "3" hard gelatin capsule with grey opaque body imprinted with "Altace" and powder blue opaque cap imprinted with "15" contains 15 mg of Altace (Ramipril). Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch; capsule: black iron oxide, D&C Red No. 28, FD&C Blue No. 1, gelatin, and titanium dioxide.
Do not take Altace (Ramipril) if you:
There may be an interaction between Altace (Ramipril) and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Altace (Ramipril). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Altace (Ramipril).
Angioedema: Altace (Ramipril) may cause a serious allergic reaction called angioedema, which may be fatal if not treated promptly. If you have difficulty breathing or notice hives or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, or experience severe abdominal pain, stop taking Altace (Ramipril) and get emergency medical help at once. Other ACE inhibitors should not be taken in the future. People who have had angioedema caused by other substances may be at increased risk of angioedema while taking Altace (Ramipril).
Blood disorders: In rare cases, a low white blood cell count has been reported with people taking Altace (Ramipril). Your doctor may occasionally monitor your level of white blood cells by performing blood tests. Low white blood cell levels may increase your risk for infection. If you notice any signs of infection (e.g. fever, sore throat), contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Cough: People taking Altace (Ramipril) may develop a dry, persistent cough that usually disappears only after stopping or lowering the dose of Altace (Ramipril).
Kidney function: Decreased kidney function or Kidney Disease can cause Altace (Ramipril) to build up in the body, causing side effects. Also, Altace (Ramipril) can cause decreases in kidney function. Certain people, such as those with narrowed blood vessels in their kidneys or severe congestive heart failure, may be more likely to experience this complication. The use of other diuretics (water pills), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or aliskiren may further increase risk of kidney problems.
If you have reduced kidney function or kidney disease, discuss with your doctor how Altace (Ramipril) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Altace (Ramipril), and whether any special monitoring is needed. People with kidney function impairment may require lower doses of Altace (Ramipril).
Liver function: Altace (Ramipril) may cause liver problems. If you experience any signs of liver problems such as yellowing of the skin or eyes, fever, generally feeling unwell, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, itching, muscle pain, rash, or swollen glands, contact your doctor immediately. If you have liver problems, you will need to be closely monitored by your doctor while taking Altace (Ramipril).
Low blood pressure: Occasionally, blood pressure drops too low after taking Altace (Ramipril). This usually happens after the first or second dose or when the dose is increased. It is more likely to occur for those who take diuretics, or the medication aliskiren, have a salt-restricted diet, are on dialysis, have diarrhea, or are vomiting. To reduce the risk of dizziness, get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. If low blood pressure causes you to faint or feel lightheaded, contact a doctor.
Potassium: Increases in blood levels of potassium can occur with use of Altace (Ramipril). This rarely causes problems, but your doctor may want to monitor your potassium levels through blood tests.
Reduced alertness: Altace (Ramipril) may reduce alertness, especially at the beginning of treatment. Do not drive or perform tasks that require alertness until you know how Altace (Ramipril) affects you.
Surgery: It is important that your physician and anesthesiologist know that you are taking Altace (Ramipril) before you undergo any surgical procedures requiring general anesthesia.
Pregnancy: ACE inhibitors such as Altace (Ramipril) may cause severe harm or death to the developing baby if taken by the mother during pregnancy. Altace (Ramipril) should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking Altace (Ramipril), stop taking it immediately and contact your doctor.
Breast-feeding: Altace (Ramipril) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Altace (Ramipril) it may affect your baby. Altace (Ramipril) is not recommended for breast-feeding women. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Altace (Ramipril) have not been established for children. The use of Altace (Ramipril) by this age group is not recommended.
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