Accupril (Quinapril) 5mg
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Accupril 5mg 30 Tablets/Pack
Antihypertensive, ACE inhibitor
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Accupril general information
What is Accupril used for?
Accupril 5, is used to treat essential hypertension, which is high blood pressure when at rest, by lowering blood pressure to normal resting levels and reducing feelings of breathlessness on exertion. This reduces risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. Accupril 5, is also used to treat congestive heart failure, by helping weakened heart muscles pump more efficiently. Accupril 5 can be used on its own or with a diuretic, which helps get rid of excess water that is retained in body tissues and can cause swelling (oedema).
How does Accupril work?
Accupril 5 is an antihypertensive medication and belongs to a group of drugs called ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme) inhibitors, which prevent the formation of angiotensin II, a chemical which causes narrowing of the blood vessels. This allows blood vessels to relax and widen reducing the force needed by the heart to pump blood around the body, reducing its workload and lowering blood pressure.
What Accupril doses are available?
Accupril tablets are available to order and buy online from Inhouse Pharmacy in doses of 5mg, 10mg and 20mg, as packs of 30 tablets.
What does Accupril contain?
The active ingredient of Accupril 5 is the ACE inhibitor quinapril which widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. Accupril 5 tablets also contain magnesium carbonate, lactose, gelatin, crospovidone, magnesium stearate, candelilla wax and Opadry Y-5-0920.
Accupril for treating high blood pressure
Accupril 5 contains quinapril, an ACE inhibitor, which is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) by widening blood vessels and lowering resting blood pressure. This helps the heart to cope better and reduces symptoms of breathlessness on exertion. You may also be prescribed a diuretic to help get rid of excess water that is retained in your tissues and can cause swelling (oedema), as a result of high blood pressure.
Accupril for treating congestive heart failure
Accupril 5 contains quinapril, an ACE inhibitor, which is used to widen blood vessels and reduce the force needed for the heart to pump blood around the body. This helps weakened heart muscle, such as in congestive heart failure, to work more efficiently and reduces symptoms of breathlessness on exertion. You may also be prescribed a diuretic to help get rid of excess water that is retained in your body tissues and can cause swelling(oedema), as a result of congestive heart failure.
Accupril with other medications
Along with Accupril 5mg you may be prescribed other medications for your hypertension or congestive heart failure, such as a diuretic, to help reduce other symptoms of your condition. This may cause your blood pressure to fall too much and make you feel faint.
What are the side effects of Accupril?
Accupril is generally well tolerated but it is always possible that you may experience side effects such as, dizziness, headache, tiredness, cough, skin rash, altered taste, nausea, abdominal pain. More serious side effects are less common and include rapid heart rate (tachycardia) and swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat. You may have low blood pressure, particularly if are also taking a diuretic, and this may make you feel faint.
When should Accupril not be used?
You should not use Accupril if you:
- have kidney or liver problems, diabetes, or have had angioedema (rapid swelling under the skin similar to hives).
- are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding
- are taking an anti-inflammatory medication such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, mefenamic acid, or naproxen
- are taking potassium supplements or potassium-containing salt substitutes
- have an allergic reaction to Accupril or any other medication containing quinapril
How should Accupril be taken?
You should take Accupril 5mg tablets with a glass of water preferably on an empty stomach (1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal) as a high-fat meal can affect the way Accupril is absorbed into the blood. The dose that you take depends on what your doctor has prescribed and can be taken once or twice daily. Accupril helps improve your condition but does not cure it therefore you should continue to take Accupril for as long as your doctor recommends. Accupril may take a few weeks to lower blood pressure and you should keep taking Accupril even if you feel well, as often there are no symptoms for high blood pressure.
How long should you take Accupril?
Accupril helps improve your condition but does not cure it therefore you should continue to take Accupril for as long as your doctor recommends, which may be several weeks or longer if used for heart failure. It may take a few weeks to lower blood pressure and you should keep taking Accupril even if you feel well as often there are no symptoms for high blood pressure.
Missed dose of Accupril
If you miss a dose of Accupril, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.
How should Accupril be stored?
Store Accupril 5mg tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C and keep away from direct sunlight.
Where can you buy Acupril?
Acupril (correctly spelt Accupril) is a common misspelling of the antihypertensive medication which is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, reducing feelings of breathlessness on exertion. This reduces risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. You can buy Acupril (correctly spelt Accupril) online from Inhouse Pharmacy.