Vasotec

Vasotec lowers blood pressure. This medication should not be used during pregnancy. Avoid salt substitutes containing potassium.

Vasotec Overview

Reviewed: September 9, 2013
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Vasotec is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and a heart condition called left ventricular dysfunction. Vasotec belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It works to lower blood pressure by causing blood vessels to relax. 

This medication comes in tablet form. It is taken once or twice daily, with or without food.

Common side effects of Vasotec include a skin rash, cough, and weakness.

Vasotec can cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Vasotec affects you.

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Uses of Vasotec

Vasotec is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and a heart condition called left ventricular dysfunction. 

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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Vasotec Drug Class

Vasotec is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Vasotec

Serious side effects have been reported with Vasotec. See “Drug Precautions” section.

Common side effects of Vasotec include:

  • skin rash
  • cough
  • dizziness
  • weakness
  • low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • fatigue
  • high potassium levels

This is not a complete list of Vasotec side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Vasotec Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • diuretics, or "water pills"
  • spironolactone (Aldactone)
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin (Ecotrin) and ibuprofen (Advil)
  • methyldopa
  • nitrates, such as nitroglycerin, isosorbide dinitrate, and isosorbide mononitrate
  • calcium channel blocking drugs, such as amlodipine (Norvasc) and verapamil (Calan)
  • hydralazine
  • prazosin (Minipress)
  • digoxin (Lanoxin)
  • lithium
  • potassium supplements
  • injectable gold (sodium aurothiomalate)

This is not a complete list of Vasotec drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Vasotec Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with Vasotec including:

  • Hypersensitivity reaction: An allergic reaction to Vasotec can occur. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you experience some or all of the following symptoms of a hypersensitivity reaction:
    • difficulty breathing or swallowing
    • hoarseness
    • swelling
  • Swelling of the head, neck, and intestines: Tell your healthcare provider right away if you experience some or all of the following symptoms:
    • swelling of the face, tongue, neck, or limbs
    • abdominal pain with or without nausea and vomiting
  • Vasotec can lead to extreme low blood pressure. Symptoms include:
    • dizziness
    • lightheadedness
    • fainting
  • Vasotec can lead to a decrease in the number of white blood cells needed to prevent infection. Tell your doctor if you have symptoms of infection including:
    • sore throat
    • fever
  • Liver failure: Tell your doctor if you have a history of liver disease.
  • Pregnant women should not take Vasotec. Vasotec can harm the developing child.
  • Impaired kidney function: Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney disease.

Vasotec can cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Vasotec affects you.

Do not take Vasotec if you:

  • are allergic to Vasotec 
  • have a history of angioedema (swelling) when exposed to other angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, such as lisinopril (Zestril and Prinivil) and captopril
  • have ever experienced angioedema (swelling under the skin similar to hives)

Vasotec Food Interactions

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Vasotec, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving Vasotec.

Do not to use salt substitutes containing potassium without consulting your doctor.

Inform MD

Before taking Vasotec, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • have a history of liver, heart, or kidney disease
  • are allergic to Vasotec or other ACE inhibitors, such as lisinopril (Zestril and Prinivil) and captopril
  • have recently had or will undergo a surgical procedure
  • have a history of diabetes
  • have ever experienced angioedema (swelling under the skin similar to hives)
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Vasotec and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Vasotec falls into category D. There is evidence of risk to the unborn baby based on studies in humans or adverse reaction data, but this medication may be given to a pregnant woman only if her healthcare provider believes that its benefits to the pregnant woman outweigh any possible risks to her unborn baby.

If you become pregnant while taking Vasotec, stop taking it and tell your doctor right away.

Vasotec and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

You should not take Vasotec if you are breastfeeding. It may be excreted in your breast milk and may harm your nursing child.
 

Vasotec Usage

Take Vasotec exactly as prescribed.

This medication comes in tablet form and is taken 1 to 2 times a day, with or without food.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of Vasotec at the same time.

Vasotec Dosage

Take Vasotec exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage of Vasotec depending on the severity of your high blood pressure, your kidney function, what other medications you take, and your response to Vasotec .

The dosages range from 2.5 to 40 mg each day.  Your doctor will start you on a low dose of Vasotec, and slowly increase your dose depending on your response.

Vasotec Overdose

If you take too much Vasotec, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.

Other Requirements

Store Vasotec at room temperature.

Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.

 

Vasotec FDA Warning

USE IN PREGNANCY:

When used in pregnancy during the second and third trimesters, ACE inhibitors can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. When pregnancy is detected, Vasotec  tablets should be discontinued as soon as possible.