What is Vasotop (Ramipril) used for?
Vasotop (Ramipril) is an oral medication used to treat dogs with heart failure. It is an ACE inhibitor that relaxes the blood vessels in the body to allow easier circulation and reduce the amount of work required by the heart. This function may also make it useful for treating hypertension or improving survivability following a heart attack. Your veterinarian may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Vasotop (Ramipril)?
Strictly follow your veterinarian's instructions while using Vasotop (Ramipril) to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. It is normally administered once or twice daily at a dosage of one tablet, but your particular directions will depend on the dog's health and the severity of its symptoms. These should be administered orally and may be hidden in a meal or snack if your pet has trouble taking them. Do not crush or split the tablets unless instructed to do so as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your veterinarian any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Vasotop (Ramipril)?
Side effects that may occur during the use of Vasotop (Ramipril) include:
Contact your veterinarian immediately if you witness any unusual symptoms occurring in your dog such as tremors, severe diarrhea that is bloody or watery, dizziness, or signs of an allergic reaction such as skin reactions, unusual swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in serious cases.
Bring your dog in for a health check with your veterinarian before using Vasotop (Ramipril) to make sure it does not have any health conditions that may cause unexpected problems during treatment. It should also be noted that this medication should not be used if your pet is allergic to ACE inhibitors or has had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your veterinarian while using Vasotop (Ramipril). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the animal and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain pets, it is essential you always inform your veterinarian if the dog is pregnant or breastfeeding, 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.