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healthsense Enalapril

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Generic Name: Enalapril maleate
Product Name: healthsense Enalapril

Indication

Enalapril maleate is a drug used for the treatment of hypertension, heart failure, and left ventricular dysfunction.

Action

One of the ways enalapril works to help lower blood pressure and treat heart failure is that it widens blood vessels. This means that blood is able to pass through them more easily and the heart doesn’t have to pump as hard to move blood around the body. This also means that when you place extra demands on your heart, such as during exercise, the heart may cope better so you may not get short of breath as easily.
Enalapril belongs to a group of drugs called Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors.

Dose advice

Enalapril may be taken with or without food.
Essential hypertension:
With a diuretic, or in the elderly: initially 2.5 mg. Without a diuretic: initially 5 mg once daily. Usual maintenance dose is 10-40 mg daily in single or 2 divided doses.
Renovascular hypertension:
Initially less than or equal to 5 mg; usual maintenance dose is 20 mg once daily.
Congestive Heart Failure (with diuretic):
Initially, less than or equal to 2.5mg. Usual maintenance is 10-20 mg as a single or divided dose.
LV dysfunction:
Initially the recommended dose is 2.5 mg twice daily. The usual maintenance dose is 10 mg twice daily.

Schedule

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Common side effects

Headache
Dizziness
Fatigue
Diarrhoea
Rash
Hypotension (low blood pressure)
Cough
Nausea

Uncommon side effects

Abdominal pain
Vomiting
Constipation
Anorexia
Muscle cramps
Impotence
Hair loss
Sore throat
Hoarseness
Difficulty breathing
Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Blurred vision
Taste alteration

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For further information talk to your doctor.

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Dates

Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 1 January, 1970


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