Prinivil General Information
Prinivil is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor.
Prinivil is used for the treatment of:
• hypertension (high blood pressure);
• congestive heart failure in combination with other medicines;
• acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), to prevent the subsequent development of left ventricular dysfunction or heart failure and to improve survival.
Prinivil works by relaxing blood vessels. This lowers blood pressure. The blood flows more smoothly and the heart can pump blood more efficiently.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Prinivil exactly as directed.
Take Prinivil by mouth with or without food. Prinivil is usually taken once a day. Take Prinivil at approximately the same time each day.
Do not stop taking Prinivil without talking to your doctor.
If you miss a dose of Prinivil, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.
Do not store in the bathroom.
Prinivil Possible Side Effects
Headache, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, fatigue or dry cough may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication.
Unlikely but report promptly if you develop chest pain, tingling or swelling of the hands or feet; swelling of the face, lips or tongue; yellowing of the skin or eyes, fever, sore throat, or dizziness.
In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before taking this drug tell your doctor your medical history especially a history of angioedema, high blood levels of potassium, kidney disease or kidney dialysis, salt restrictive diet, liver disease and of any drug allergies.
Consult your doctor before using salt substitutes or low salt milk.
To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly.
Limit your intake of alcohol and use caution when exercising or during hot weather as these can aggravate dizziness and lightheadedness.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during the first three months of pregnancy.
It is not recommended for use during the last six months of the pregnancy.
Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This drug is excreted into breast milk.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Caution is advised when this medication is used in the elderly.
Caution is advised when this medication is used in children.
Prinivil Missed Dose
If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Inform your doctor about all the medicine you use (both prescription and nonprescription) especially if you take lithium, potassium supplements, potassium sparing water pills or other water pills (diuretics), high blood pressure drugs or NSAID (aspirin-like drugs) because you may need to be monitored more closely.
Avoid "stimulant" drugs that may increase your heart rate such as decongestants or caffeine.
Decongestants are commonly found in over-the-counter cough-and-cold medicines.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.