ACE inhibitors prevent the formation of angiotensin II, hence widening the blood vessels and helping lower the blood pressure.
Angiotensin II causes the narrowing of arteries, thereby increasing blood pressure.
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) is an enzyme in the body that is necessary in the formation of a chemical called angiotensin II.
Fosinopril is in a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
Fosinopril is prescribed alone or in combination with thiazide diuretics.
Fosinopril is prescribed for the treatment of hypertension.
Fosinopril is prescribed in the management of heart failure.
Fosinopril is prescribed on its own or alongside other medicines to help lower the blood pressure and treat heart failure (a condition where the pumping action of the heart is reduced).
Fosinopril is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are dehydrated (for example if you have had diarrhoea and sickness very recently);
- If you are on a salt restricted diet or use salt substitutes which contain potassium;
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding;
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a script, herbal or complementary medicines;
- If you have a history of angioedema (where the face, tongue and throat swell);
- If you have atherosclerosis (the build-up of fatty deposits on the walls of arteries);
- If you have cardiomyopathy (cardiac muscle disease) or aortic stenosis (narrowing of the blood vessel from the heart);
- If you have dialysis treatment;
- If you have ever had an allergic or unusual reaction to any other ACE inhibitor (this includes ramipril, lisinopril and perindopril) or to any other medicine;
- If you suffer from a collagen vascular disease, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or scleroderma;
- If you suffer from kidney or liver problems;
- If you suffer from peripheral vascular disease (a particular type of poor circulation);
Do not take Fosinopril with any of the following drugs:
Increased risk of hyperkaliemia:
Fosinopril side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Chest pain;
- Difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or throat;
- Fast heartbeat;
- Feeling faint;
- Feeling or being sick;
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes);
- Tickly cough;
Other Brand Names
In some countries Fosinopril may also be known as: