Altace is primarily used in the treatment of high blood pressure but it may also be used to reduce the chances of heart attack, stroke, and heart-related death in people 55 years or older.
Take Altace exactly as prescribed to you by your doctor. Some people have difficulty swallowing the capsule. In such an event, you may break the capsule and mix the content with water or 4 oz of applesauce. However, ensure that you drink the entire mixture to get the full dosage.
If you miss a dose, then you may take it as soon as you remember. However, space out your remaining doses accordingly. Do not take a double dose.
Store it at room temperature in a tightly closed container.
Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Altace may increase your sensitivity towards the sun. So it is recommended that you avoid direct exposure to the sun or sun lamps. You may use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing.
Possible Side Effects
Altace generally is well tolerated, and side effects are usually mild and transient.
A dry, persistent cough has been reported with the use of Altace and other ACE inhibitors. Coughing resolves after discontinuing the drug.
Other side effects include abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, rash, dizziness, fatigue, headache, loss of taste, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fainting and numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.
Altace and other ACE inhibitors also may cause kidney failure and increased levels of potassium in the blood. The most serious but, fortunately, very rare side effects are liver failure and angioedema (swelling of lips and throat that can obstruct breathing).
Do not share this medicine with others for whom it was not prescribed. Do not use this medicine for other health conditions.
If you will be taking this medicine for an extended period of time, be sure to obtain necessary refills before your supply runs out.
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