Prilium (Imidapril Hydrochloride)
What is Prilium (Imidapril Hydrochloride) used for?
Prilium (Imidapril HCL) is an oral ACE inhibitor prescribed for the treatment of dogs suffering from heart failure caused by mitral regurgitation or dilated cardiomyopathy. It operates by causing the blood vessels to dilate which eases the flow of blood and reduces the workload required by the heart for circulation. The veterinarian may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Prilium (Imidapril Hydrochloride)?
Always use Prilium (Imidapril HCL) according to the instructions of the veterinarian and those included with the packaging to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. Most dogs are prescribed one daily dosage of 0.25mg per kg of body weight in dogs weighing over 4kg. The best directions will depend on the animal's age, weight, current health, and the severity of its symptoms. The powder should be administered orally either directly into the mouth on an empty stomach or on its food. You are suggested to bring your dog in for regular veterinary consultations to monitor its response to treatment. Always ask the veterinarian any questions you have about using the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Prilium (Imidapril Hydrochloride)?
The use of Prilium (Imidapril HCL) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are faintness or vomiting. Contact the veterinarian as soon as you observe any worrying or intense side effects being especially cautious about signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, skin rashes, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These may require special alterations to your dog's dosage or application frequency to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Prilium (Imidapril HCL) should not be used to treat dogs that are pregnant, nursing, or breeding, that have hypotension, acute renal insufficiency, congenital heart disease, aortic stenosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or that are allergic or hypersensitive to other ACE inhibitors. It is also suggested to bring your dog in for a medical consultation before using this medication to ensure it does not have any underlying health conditions that may cause unexpected health problems during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by the veterinarian while using Prilium (Imidapril HCL). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the dog and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain dogs, it is essential you always inform the veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or nursing, as well as if it has any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if it is taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if your dog has an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.