Altace® is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure as well as congestive heart failure. The use of this medication may also increase the chances of survival after a heart attack. In patients with kidney disease, Altace® may help to preserve kidney function and prolong the eventual need for dialysis or transplant. Possible side effects of this medication include dizziness, dry mouth, or muscle pain. Patients with certain medical conditions or who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take this medication.
Altace® is in a class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors. This medication is used primarily to treat patients who suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure. Some patients suffering from other heart conditions, such as congestive heart failure, may also benefit from the use of this medication. Studies have suggested that Altace® may help the chances of survival after a person has a heart attack.
As is the case with all medications, there are some potential side effects associated with the use of Altace®. Some of the more common side effects include dizziness, reduced urine output, and swelling. Patients may also experience confusion or may start to bruise easily. Flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, and chills are also frequently reported side effects. Nausea, vomiting, and headache may be experienced as well.
It is important for the patient to take Altace® exactly as prescribed. This medication should not be discontinued suddenly or without the approval of a doctor. The dosage will often have to be adjusted by a doctor in order to bring the patient's blood pressure to a healthy level. This may require frequent trips to the doctor until the blood pressure levels are under control. Once the blood pressure has been stabilized, the patient generally requires fewer trips to the doctor, although occasional monitoring is still necessary.
The patient should be sure to tell the doctor about any medications that are being taken, including over-the-counter medications or herbal treatments, as some medications do not work well together. Patients who have certain medical conditions, such as liver disease or diabetes, may not be able to take this medication. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be able to take Altace®. While most patients report few, if any, negative side effects while taking this medication, it is important to discuss any questions or concerns with a doctor.