Ramipril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme or ACE inhibitor used to:
Ramipril is an Ace inhibitor that blocks that action of angiotensin II. ACE inhibitors are commonly prescribed to treat heart disease like high blood pressure and heart failure. ACE inhibitor prevents the enzyme in your body from producing angiotensin II. Angiotensin II is responsible for increasing the blood pressure as it causes the muscle in most arteries including the arteries of the heart to constrict and become narrow. As the blood vessels constrict and narrow this forces the heart to work harder than before to supply the body with enough oxygen.
Ramipril as an ACE inhibitor reduces the production of angiotensin. This allows the blood vessels to relax and widens and the blood pressure to become stable. When the blood pressure becomes normal, the heart won’t have to pump blood that hard around the body. The arteries also dilate causing an increase of blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart. In the kidney, the narrowing of the blood vessels also decreases the blood flow. Ramipril helps enlarge and reduce the blood pressure in the arteries that supply blood to kidneys. Reducing the blood pressure in those arteries also reduces the damages to the kidney.
High blood pressure is a common condition but untreated high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels, heart and kidney. Damages to these organs may cause heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, heart failure and other problems. Aside from taking antihypertensive medications, making a lifestyle change will also help manage your blood pressure. Lifestyle changes include maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, not smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages in moderation and exercising at least 30 minutes every day.
Ramipril is a good blood pressure-lowering prescription drug that protects the kidney. It’s a first-choice medication for high blood pressure especially for patients with diabetes and mild to moderate kidney disease. It’s recommended for anyone with heart failure since it reduces the risk of death and further damage to the heart.
Ramipril is FDA approved for medical use since 1991 and is one of the most prescribed medications in the US. You can buy the brand version in the market and as a generic medication at a cheaper price.
You may use Ramipril alone or along with other medications for the treatment of high blood pressure. Take your medication exactly as directed. Do not take more than what is prescribed or longer than the required duration of treatment. To help you remember take it at around the same time each day. For a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember. Your doctor may start giving you a low dose during the first few days of your treatment and may gradually increase your dose.
Ramipril may cause some unwanted side effects along with its needed effects. Common side effects are:
Less common side effects are:
Rare side effects are:
Note that not all side effects may occur but if they do you need to check with your doctor immediately.