Enalaprilat

Generic Name: Enalaprilat

  • What is Enalaprilat?

    Enalaprilat is a medicine in a class called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors that is used to treat high blood pressure when you are unable to take medications by mouth. Enalaprilat is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Enalaprilat?

    Enalaprilat can increase the risk of birth defects and even harm your unborn baby if you receive it during the second or third trimester.

    A rare but serious side effect known as angioedema (a condition involving swelling of the face, extremities, eyes, lips, and tongue) may occur. If such signs or symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately.

    Enalaprilat can cause a significant increase in your blood potassium levels. Do not use salt substitutes containing potassium without consulting your doctor.

    Tell your doctor immediately if you have any signs of infection (such as a sore throat or fever). Enalaprilat can lower your white blood cells, which help you fight infections.

    Rarely, enalaprilat can cause jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes), which can be a sign of liver injury. If this occurs, tell your doctor immediately.

  • Who should not take Enalaprilat?

    Your doctor will not administer enalaprilat if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you have had reactions (such as angioedema) to another ACE inhibitor.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Enalaprilat?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with enalaprilat. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of angioedema, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, heart conditions, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you intravenously and will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Enalaprilat?

    Your doctor will administer this medication to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Enalaprilat?

    Do not become pregnant while you are receiving enalaprilat.

    Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while you are receiving enalaprilat, unless your doctor has told you to.

    Do not get up too fast from a sitting or lying position because you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Enalaprilat?

    If enalaprilat is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with enalaprilat: diuretics (water pills) (such as amiloride, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, spironolactone, or triamterene); lithium; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as indomethacin); potassium supplements; or salt substitutes containing potassium.

  • What are the possible side effects of Enalaprilat?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: constipation, dizziness, fever, headache, low blood pressure, nausea, rash, tiredness

  • Can I receive Enalaprilat if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Your doctor will not administer enalaprilat during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, as it may cause severe harm or death to your unborn baby. Your doctor will not administer enalaprilat if you are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Enalaprilat?

    Enalaprilat should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Enalaprilat?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.