Accupril

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Generic Name: Accupril Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Accupril® (quinapril) used for?

Accupril® is an ACE inhibitor (angiotensin converting enzyme). It is commonly used for treatment high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure.

Accupril® may also be used for other purposes; ask your doctor for more information.

How should I take Accupril® (quinapril)?

Take Accupril® exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Drink plenty of water each day while you are taking this medication.

How do I store Accupril® (quinapril)?

Accupril® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Accupril® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Accupril® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Accupril® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Accupril® (quinapril)?

Before using this drug, you should know that:

  • Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking quinapril. This can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure.
  • If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Accupril®. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
  • If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using Accupril® even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
  • Your blood pressure will need to be checked often, and you may need frequent blood tests.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Pregnancy

Do not use Accupril® if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor right away. Accupril® can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control.

Breastfeeding

Quinapril can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Accupril® (quinapril)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to Accupril®:

  • Hives
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • A light-headed feeling (like you might pass out)
  • Little or no urination
  • High potassium
  • Nausea
  • Slow or unusual heart rate
  • Weakness
  • Loss of movement
  • Ill feeling
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Painful mouth sores
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Skin sores
  • Cold or flu symptoms

Common Accupril® side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Tired feeling

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Accupril® (quinapril)?

Accupril® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, including:

  • Quinapril
  • Benazepril
  • Captopril
  • Fosinopril
  • Enalapril
  • Lisinopril
  • Moexipril
  • Perindopril
  • Ramipril
  • Trandolapril
  • Aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna)

Does food or alcohol interact with Accupril® (quinapril)?

Accupril® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Accupril® (quinapril)?

Accupril® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Accupril® (quinapril).

What is the dose of Accupril® (quinapril) for an adult?

Congestive heart failure:

The initial dose is 5 mg orally twice a day.

The maintenance dose is 10 to 20 mg orally twice a day.

Diabetic nephropathy:

The initial dose is 10 mg orally once a day in patients not on diuretics.

The maintenance dose is 20 to 80 mg/day orally, given in 1 to 2 divided doses.

Hypertension:

The initial dose is 10 mg orally once a day in patients not on diuretics.

The maintenance dose is 20 to 80 mg/day orally, given in 1 to 2 divided doses.

Left ventricular dysfunction:

The initial dose is 10 mg orally once a day in patients not on diuretics.

The maintenance dose is 20 to 80 mg/day orally, given in 1 to 2 divided doses.

What is the dose of Accupril® (quinapril) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Accupril® (quinapril) available?

Accupril® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Accupril® 5 mg tablet
  • Accupril® 10 mg tablet
  • Accupril® 20 mg tablet

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Accupril®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: February 17, 2017 | Last Modified: February 17, 2017

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