Ramipril (Altace)
What You Should Know

Brand Name: Altace

What is Ramipril (Altace)?

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

ramipril altaceRamipril also known by the brand name Altace 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 Ramipril (Altace)

  • taking pillTake Ramipril (Altace) as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Take Ramipril (Altace) as a whole tablet with water or you may open the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a half-cup (4 ounces) of water, apple juice, or applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow without chewing. You may store the mixture for up to 24 hours at room temperature, or up to 48 hours in a refrigerator.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • You may need regular blood pressure tests at your doctors office.
  • You may need to briefly stop using Ramipril (Altace) before having surgery, so discuss with your surgeon.
  • Ramipril (Altace) should be stored at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
  • If you miss a dose of Ramipril (Altace), 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 Ramipril (Altace).

Other drugs may interact with Ramipril (Altace), including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products, so discuss with your health care providers all medications you are taking.

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

What to know before using Ramipril (Altace):

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

  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis)kidneys
  • allergy to Ramipril (Altace) or any other Ace Inhibitor
  • liver disease
  • if you are also taking telmisartan (Micardis)
  • diabetes
  • 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 Ramipril (Altace) together with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).

Side effects of Ramipril (Altace):

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

  • Blurred vision
  • confusion
  • dizziness, faintness, or light headed when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • sweating
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Arm, back, or jaw pain
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • chills
  • cloudy urine
  • cold sweats
  • decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
  • fainting
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • nausea
  • shortness of breath

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • sensation of spinning
  • vomiting

The information about Ramipril (Altace) comes from drugs.com

Ramipril (Altace) Natural Alternatives:

tikvawithdrinkIf you are taking Ramipril (Altace) 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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The information provided on this page should not be used to decide whether or not to take Ramipril (Altace) or any other medicine. Consult your doctor to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition.

This information about Ramipril (Altace) is a brief summary and does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Ramipril (Altace).

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must speak with your doctor for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Ramipril (Altace).