Accupril is an ACE inhibitor. Accupril is prescribed to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.
Accupril is in a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
Accupril is prescribed alone or in combination with other drugs to treat high blood pressure.
Accupril is prescribed in combination with other drugs to treat heart failure.
Accupril works by decreasing certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels, so blood flows more smoothly and the heart can pump blood more efficiently.
Accupril is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Heart or blood vessel disease;
- Immune system disease like lupus or scleroderma;
- Kidney disease;
- Liver disease;
- Low blood pressure;
- Previous swelling of the tongue, face, or lips with difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Accupril, other ACE inhibitors or drugs, insect venom, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Accupril, benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), ramipril (Altace), trandolapril (Mavik), or any other medications.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what script and nonscript medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following: diuretics ('water pills') lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid) potassium supplements and tetracycline (Sumycin). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart, liver, or kidney disease lupus scleroderma diabetes or angioedema, a condition that causes difficulty swallowing or breathing and painful swelling of the the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs.
- Tell your doctor if you plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
- If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Accupril.
Do not take Accupril with any of the following drugs:
- Drugs for high blood pressure;
- NSAIDs, drugs for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen;
- Over-the-counter herbal supplements like hawthorn;
- Potassium salts or potassium supplements;
- Salt substitutes;
Accupril side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Abdominal pain with or without nausea or vomiting;
- Allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the hands, feet, face, lips, throat, or tongue;
- Dark urine;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Dizzy, lightheaded or fainting spell;
- Fever or sore throat;
- Irregular heart beat, chest pain;
- Pain or difficulty passing urine;
- Unusually weak;
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin;
- Change in sex drive or performance;
- Dry mouth;
- Excessive tiredness;
Reported Accupril overdose symptoms is:
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
The usual starting dose is 10 or 20 mg taken once a day. If you have any problems with your kidneys or if you are also taking a diuretic, your starting dose may be lower. For adults over age 65, the usual starting dose is 10 mg. Depending on how your blood pressure responds, your doctor may increase your dose up to a total of 80 mg a day taken once a day or divided into two doses.
CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE
The usual starting dose is 5 mg taken twice a day. Your doctor may increase the dose from week to week, up to as much as 20 to 40 mg daily, divided into 2 equal doses. If you have kidney problems, the dosage will be lower.