Altace, which is the generic formulation of Ramipril, is an ACE inhibitor which suppresses the action of the angiotensin-converting enzyme. The medication works by relaxing the muscles along the arterial blood vessels, thereby enabling reduced blood pressure and easier flow throughout the body. The orally ingested medications have a biological half-life of about two to four hours. The available dosage strengths of this capsule are 1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg.
Altace is used in treating illnesses, including hypertension, patients with critical risk of heart failure, congestive heart failure, kidney damage from diabetes, and patients above the age of fifty-five who are at higher risk of heart related and stroke problems.
Altace may also be prescribed for other conditions that can benefit from its therapeutic effects. Patients with kidney disease from diabetes should void taking the hypertension medication along with Aliskiren.
Do not modify the dose of Altace, take the medication for longer than required or discontinue the dose without the doctor’s consent.
Altace capsules should be swallowed whole, either with or without food. Drink a lot of water after each dose. Keep using this medication for the entire course even if there is improvement in health as blood pressure symptoms are not always visible.
Take regular blood tests and blood pressure checks to monitor the health condition. Patients should avoid drinking alcohol as it can further lower the blood pressure. One should also avoid standing up fast from a sitting or lying position as it can make the person feel dizzy.
Other persons for whom this medication is not suitable are those with liver disease, diabetes, and any connective tissue illness. Pregnant women should refrain from taking the capsules as it can harm the developing fetus. Even the event that the person becomes pregnant while on this medication course, stop taking it and inform the healthcare provider immediately of the situation.
Common side effects of taking this medication are dizziness, weakness, tiredness, headache, and cough. Other symptoms that require immediate medical consultation are chest pain, feeling like passing out, flu like symptoms, high potassium in the blood, and trouble with urination.
Relative contraindications to Altace
It is advisable to avoid taking other ACE inhibitors, medications containing alikiren, and potassium supplements. Keep the healthcare providers informed on any medications currently being taken, including vitamins, herbal products, over-the-counter medications, different blood pressure medications, and other prescription medications as doing so will help in avoiding any potentially dangerous medication interactions.