Why is Altace prescribed?
Altace l is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It decreases certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels, so blood flows more smoothly and the heart can pump more efficiently.
Altace is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should Altace be used?
Altace comes as a capsule to take by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice a day on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Altace exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Altace controls high blood pressure and heart failure but does not cure them. Continue to take Altace even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Altace without talking to your doctor.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking Altace,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Altace or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially diuretics ('water pills'), lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), other medications for high blood pressure, potassium supplements, and vitamins.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart or kidney disease or diabetes.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Altace.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can Altace cause?
Although side effects from Altace are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- chest pain
- sore throat
- upset stomach
- excessive tiredness
- unusual bruising
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, arms, or legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
What storage conditions are needed for Altace?
Keep Altace in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.