Accupril (Quinapril Hydrochloride)
What is Accupril (Quinapril Hydrochloride) used for?
Accupril (Quinapril Hydrochloride) is an oral ACE inhibitor prescribed to treat patients with high blood pressure (hypertension). The medication operates by relaxing blood vessels in the body to allow easier blood circulation and reduce the amount of work required by the heart. This function may also make it useful for treating heart failure. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Accupril (Quinapril Hydrochloride)?
Follow your physician's instructions while using Accupril (Quinapril Hydrochloride) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one tablet taken once daily, but your particular directions will be determined by the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. The tablets should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, but a meal is recommended before use if you experience nausea. Never crush or split the tablets to prevent unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Accupril (Quinapril Hydrochloride)?
Side effects that may occur while using Accupril (Quinapril Hydrochloride) include:
More serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are faintness, flu symptoms, chest pain, high potassium levels, urinary retention, unusual swelling, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Immediately inform your physician about any unusual or worrying symptoms you experience to make sure the correct alterations are made to your regimen to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Do not use Accupril (Quinapril Hydrochloride) if you are pregnant, if the patient is a child, or if you have hereditary angioedema, aortic stenosis, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, or allergies to other ACE inhibitors. Also disclose if you are elderly, undergoing therapy to decrease allergic reactions, taking other medications to treat hypertension, if you have hardening of the arteries, low fluid volume, low levels of salt in the blood, diabetes, connective tissue diseases, severe heart failure, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may require lower doses or reduced application frequency to prevent unexpected health problems that may appear.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Accupril (Quinapril Hydrochloride). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.