This medicine contains the active ingredient fosinopril which belongs to the group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. ACE inhibitors do not allow the production of angiotensin II hormone which causes the compression of the blood vessels, so that they are relaxed and wide and the blood pressure is lowered. This medicine is prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure and chronic heart failure (hearth is no longer able to pump blood as it should).
Is Fosinopril suitable for me?
Fosinopril is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to fosinopril, other ACE inhibitor medicines or other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have heart problems (cardiogenic shock)
- if you have diabetes
- if you have kidney problems
- if you are more than 3 months pregnant
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have a heart problem.
- have diabetes
- have kidney or liver problems
- are having dialysis
- have problems with your immune system
- are on a low salt diet
- have atherosclerosis (fatty deposits on the walls of your arteries).
- have peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation).
- have collagen vascular disease, assystemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or scleroderma.
- have cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), or aortic stenosis (narrowing of the main blood vessel from your heart)
- have ever had angioedema
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
Fosinopril interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Fosinopril?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet.
You should take fosinopril exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- The usual dose is 10 mg taken once a day.
- The maximum dose is 40 mg taken once a day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Fosinopril side effects?
Like all medicines fosinopril can cause side effects, including:
- dizziness, headache
- rapid heartbeat
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- skin rash
- low blood pressure
- dizziness on standing
- chest pain
- depression, confusion
- insomnia, stroke, fainting, tremor,
- eyesight problems
- earache, ringing in the ears, dizziness
- angina pectoris, heart attack or brain hemorrhage (CVA),
- palpitations, cardiac arrest,
- heart rhythm disorders,
- conduction disturbances
- increased blood pressure
- shock, obstruction of the blood supply to body tissue
- shortness of breath
- nasal inflammation
- inflamed sinuses
- inflammation of the airways
- dry mouth, constipation, flatulence
- kidney failure,
- sexual disorders
- fluid accumulation
- sudden death
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.