Moexipril (Univasc)
What You Should Know

Brand Name: Univasc

What is Moexipril (Univasc)?

The Information about Moexipril (Univasc) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from drugs.com and simplified for the average consumer.

moexipril univascMoexipril also known by the brand name Univasc, is an Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or (ACE) inhibitor.

ACE inhibitors prevent an enzyme in your body from producing angiotensin II, a substance in your body that affects your cardiovascular system by narrowing your blood vessels and releasing hormones that can raise your blood pressure.

This narrowing can cause high blood pressure and force your heart to work harder. ACE inhibitors help relax these blood vessels.

There are drug free alternatives to lowering your blood pressure that may be effective for you. Read about them here.

How to use Moexipril (Univasc)

  • taking pillTake Moexipril (Univasc) as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Take Moexipril 1 hour before a meal.
  • Drink plenty of water while taking Moexipril (Univasc)
  • You may need regular blood pressure tests at your doctors office.
  • You may need to briefly stop using Moexipril (Univasc) before having surgery, so discuss with your surgeon.
  • Moexipril (Univasc) should be stored at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
  • If you miss a dose of Moexipril (Univasc), take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, or heavy sweating can cause you to become dehydrated. This can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure while you are taking Moexipril (Univasc).

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Moexipril (Univasc).

What to know before using Moexipril (Univasc):

Discuss with your doctor if you are taking any of the below medications:

  • lithiummedication
  • blood thinners, such as Warfarin, Coumadin, Heparin
  • diuretics
  • gold injections to treat arthritis
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)–ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others
  • potassium supplements
  • salt substitutes that contain potassium.

There are other drugs that may interact with Moexipril (Univasc), including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

If any of the following conditions apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking Moexipril (Univasc):

  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis)congestive heart failure
  • allergy to Moexipril (Univasc) or any other Ace Inhibitor
  • liver disease
  • heart disease
  • congestive heart failure
  • connective tissue disease such as Marfan syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, scleroderma, or rheumatoid arthritis
  • pregnant
  • breast feeding
  • Diabetics and those with kidney disease should not use Moexipril (Univasc) together with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).

Side effects of Moexipril (Univasc):

Stop using Moexipril (Univasc) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • blurred vision
  • chills
  • confusion
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness, faintness, or light headed when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • fever
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dry cough
  • Body aches or pain
  • congestion
  • difficulty moving
  • dizziness
  • feeling of warmth
  • hoarseness
  • muscle cramping
  • muscle stiffness
  • rash
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and upper chest
  • swollen joints
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • trouble swallowing
  • voice changes

The information about Moexipril (Univasc) comes from drugs.com

Moexipril (Univasc) Natural Alternatives:

tikvawithdrinkIf you are taking Moexipril (Univasc) or other Ace Inhibitor medications, the various ingredients  in Tikva have been proven through either clinical trials or other research to lower your blood pressure naturally by dilating (widening) the arteries. Tikva has several natural ingredients that help to widen the arteries, so they do not become too narrow.

Several of the ingredients in Tikva can also increase circulation, dissolve plaque that is already in the arteries and reduce new plaque from forming. In addition, there are ingredients in Tikva to help reduce stress that often increases blood pressure without all of the side effects.

Read more about the natural ingredients in Tikva on our research and ingredients page, by clicking here.

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