Ramipres 1.25 mg (Ramipril)
Ramipril, also sold under the trade names Altace, Ramipres (made by Cipla), Ramace (Astra Zenaca), and Cardace (Aventis) among several other brands is an ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor drug. It is prescribed primarily for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), congestive heart failure, and to improve the chances of survival after a heart attack. Ramipril may also be given for conditions not mentioned here.
Important Information about Ramipril
• Do not take Ramipres (Altace, Ramipres, Ramace, Cardace) if you are allergic to it or to any other ACE inhibitor such as benazepril, captopril, fosinopril, enalapril, moexipril, an others. To make sure that this medicine is safe for you, inform your doctor in advance if you have any of these conditions: congestive heart failure, kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis), liver disease, a connective tissue disorder like • Marfan syndrome, Sjogren?s syndrome, lupus, scleroderma, or rheumatoid arthritis, or if you are on a low salt diet. If you have diabetes or kidney disease, you may not be able to take this medicine if you are also taking a blood pressure medicine that has aliskiren
• Excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting may cause loss of too much body water and increase the risk of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance while taking Ramipril. Notify your doctor if you have persistent diarrhea or vomiting while taking this medicine. Ensure that you take plenty of fluids.
• Ramipril is a pregnancy category D drug. Do not take if you are a pregnant woman. If you become pregnant during the treatment with this medicine, stop taking it and contact your doctor immediately. • Ramipres can cause injury or death of an unborn baby if pregnant women take it in the second or third trimester. Use of effective birth control is recommended while taking this medicine. Ramipres can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Do not take this medicine without your doctor?s advice if you are breast feeding.
• If you are being treated for high blood pressure, continue taking Ramipril even if you don?t have any symptoms. High blood pressure doesn?t have any outwardly signs. You may have to take this medicine for the rest of your life.
Before taking Ramipril
Before taking Ramipres (Altace, Ramipres, Ramace, Cardace), take care of all precautions mentioned above. Discuss them with your doctor and clear all doubts which you may have about this drug.
How should I take Ramipril?
Take Ramipres strictly according to your doctor?s direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also, do not take this medication after the prescribed period is over. All medications come with a patient leaflet. Refer the instructions in them for detailed information on that particular medication. Ramipres can be taken with or without food. Always store this medicine in a cool and dry place.
Ramipres dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, s**, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Your dosage will be determined by your doctor after examining you properly. Remember to follow your doctor?s advice properly for best results.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Ramipres, take it as soon as you remember. Don?t take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Taking multiple doses near to each other can lead to excess medication in your body which can be harmful.
What if I overdose?
In case of an overdose of Ramipril, get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor Immediately. Overdose may lead to severe dizziness, light headedness, or fainting.
Interaction with other drugs
Many other drugs can interact with Ramipril. Let your doctor know in advance if you use any other drugs or related products (OTC vitamin pills or other medicines, or herbal products), especially gold injections for arthritis, any other blood pressure medicine, lithium, NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, or others), a potassium supplement such as K-Dur, Klor-Con, salt substitutes that contain potassium, or a diuretic. These are not the only drugs that can interact with Ramipril. There may be others. Never start a new medication without proper medical advice.
Common side effects
• Allergic reaction,
• Difficulty in swalloing,
• Shortness of breath,
• Facial swelling,
• Generalised swelling,
• Stomach upset
Q: Is ramipril a diuretic?
A: No, ramipril is not a diuretic It belongs to a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors), mainly used to reduce high blood pressure.
Q: Is Ramipres safe?
A: Ramipres is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q: Is ramipril or cardace a calcium channel blocker/alpha blocker/ beta blocker?
A: No, ramipril or cardace is an ACE inhibitor and shows no known effects on calcium channels or alpha receptors or beta receptors.
Q: Is ramipril a nitrate or a statin?
A: Ramipril is neither a nitrate nor a statin. It is an ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure.
Q: What are Cardace / Ramistar/Hopace used for?
A: Cardace, Ramistar, Hopace are all trade names for the active drug ramipril. Ramipril is an ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure.
Q: Can I take ramipril with simvastatin/amlodipine/naproxen/prednisolone/ metformin/ Sudafed (pseudoephedrine-decongestant preparation)?
A: There are no known serious drug interactions between ramipril when taken with simvastatin/ amlodipine/ naproxen/prednisolone/ metformin/Sudafed. However, consult your doctor about all medications currently taken before starting and while on ramipril.
Q: Can I take ramipril with ibuprofen?
A: Ibuprofen can be taken with ramipril, however, it is known that ibuprofen and other NSAIDs may reduce the antihypertensive effects of ramipril. Consult your doctor about any medications currently taken before starting and while on ramipril.
Q: Does Ramipres cause coughing?
A: Yes, non-productive tickling cough, is one of the common side effects or Ramipres.
Q: Does ramipril cause frequent urination?
A: No, ramipril has no known effect on increasing the frequency of urination. It may rarely increase the urine output but not affect the frequency of urination.
Q: Does ramipril cause itching?
A: Yes, ramipril may cause itching of skin. It is not very commonly observed.
Q: Does ramipril cause an increase in potassium levels in the blood?
A: Yes, increased potassium levels is one a common side effects of ramipril.
Q: Does Ramipres cause depression?
A: Yes, Ramipres may cause depression; however, it is not very commonly observed.
Q: Does Ramipres thin the blood?
A: No. Ramipres has no known effect on blood thinning.
Q: Is ramipril available in India?
A: Yes, ramipril is available in India with more than 100 brand names.