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Accupril (Quinapril)

Accupril is prescribed for treating high blood pressure. It belongs to a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors and is also useful in treating congestive heart failure.
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How it works

Accupril relaxes the blood vessels and allows blood to flow easily through it. It does this by limiting the release of an enzyme called angiotensin II.

Guidelines for usage

Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.

Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.

Accupril may be used with or without food. But the ideal time to take the medication is 1 hour before food or two hours after it.

If you are using Tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline) or fluoroquinolones (e.g., ciprofloxacin), then space it out by 3 hours after using Accupril.

Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.

NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.

Missed Dose

It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.

Do not panic if you have missed a dose.

Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.

How & where do I store Accupril?

The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.

Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.

Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.

Overdose Related Information

If you accidentally consume more medication than what was prescribed, then contact an emergency healthcare center immediately.

Safety Information/ Warning Precautions

Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.

Ensure that you mention the following:

Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food

This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.

To be avoided

You must avoid using Accupril if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you are in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, you have a history of angioedema (swelling of the face, lips, throat, or tongue) caused by treatment with an ACE inhibitor.

Using Alcohol

Accupril is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using Accupril.

These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help.

Possible Drug & Food Interactions

Certain prescription drugs or health supplements or even food items are known to interact with the effects of medications. Accupril is known to have possible interactions with the following medications.

Additional Information

Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking Accupril, unless your doctor has told you to. Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking Accupril, which can lead to severely low blood pressure or a serious electrolyte imbalance. Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.

Salt substitute or potassium supplements must be avoided when you take Accupril. If you have constant diarrhea or vomiting or a prolonged illness that causes it, then it must be reported promptly to the doctor.

The medication may cause you to become dehydrated or cause an electrolyte imbalance in your body.

Patients may feel tired or lethargic during the first few weeks of starting treatment with blood pressure medications. Doctors recommend that you continue using the medication even if this occurs.

Important Information for Pregnant Women

Accupril is categorized under FDA pregnancy category D.

Discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before using the medication.

Certain medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.
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