Altace (Ramipril)

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    Altace (Ramipril) Product Information

    Altace in an ACE inhibitor or Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitor drug that is prescribed to treat high blood pressure.  In combination with other medications Altace reduces the risk of heart attacks, and strokes in at at-risk patients.

    Altace which is also marketed as Cardace, and Tritace, is available in several dosages: 1.25mg, 2.5mg, 5mg, and 10mg. The generic name for the medication is Ramipril, and it comes in the same dosage strengths as the brand.

    The medication has different options available for shipping, and is manufactured by different companies, whose names you can find when you select a dosage strength above. This will display prices to compare to your local pharmacy. Please note that orders shipped from Canada and the United Kingdom have a turn around of approximately 7-10 business days. Orders shipped from other locations have an estimated delivery time of 10-18 business days post shipment.

    A prescription is required to process an order, and can be forwarded to us directly from your doctor's office or you can send it yourself. Our fax number is 1-855-776-0006, email is [email protected], and you can find the function "Rx Upload" on our website.

    What is Altace used for?

    Altace is also known as Ramipril, and is an ACE inhibitor that is used to treat high blood pressure , and works to lower blood pressure. As a result, it reduces your risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. Altace is not only a hypertension medicine, but is also used to treat patients who have heart or blood vessel related problems.

    In addition, Altace is used to treat congestive heart failure that usually occurs after a heart attack. One thing to note though is that Altace does not totally cure hypertension, heart disease or congestive heart failure, but is only used to manage these diseases in adults. Altace is not a suitable drug for children, and it should not be given to them.

    How is Ramipril prescribed?

    If treating diabetic nephropathy, the right starting dose is 2.5mg taken one time per day, also it is only suitable for patients who are not taking a water pill. The correct maintenance dosage is 2.5mg to 20mg per day. You should take your medicine orally and divide it in one or two dosages.

    For treatment of  hypertension, take a starting dose of 2.5mg once a day (if not receiving a diuretic) and take 2.5mg to 20mg per day as a maintenance dose, split into two doses.

    The right adult dose for those treating left ventricular dysfunction or congestive heart failure is 2.5mg two times a day and a maintenance dosage of 5mg two times a day. If curing myocardial infarction, then start with 2.5mg and increase this gradually to 5mg twice a day.

    To ensure that you take Altace successfully, follow your doctor’s instructions completely. Altace should be swallowed whole and not cut, crushed or chewed. If your blood pressure lowers, keep on taking it, as medication for high blood pressure may be taken forever.

    Try to take your medicine on time. However, if you accidentally forget, take your medicine the soonest you can remember it unless you are about to take your next planned dose, leave the one you skipped.

    Side Effects

    If you begin taking Altace, there might be some side effects to deal with. Severe side effects are not common, but they can occur. If you notice symptoms of an allergy, including stomachache, hives, shortness of breath, and swelling of the face, tongue or throat, it is good to contact your doctor.  Some of the common side effects include:

    • Cough
    • Feeling weak and/or tired
    • Having headaches.

    Precautions

    If your doctor wants to put you on Altace, there are precautions you should take:

    • Don’t take Altace while pregnant or trying to get pregnant
    • Altace should be avoided by those who have ever suffered from angioedema
    • If taking a drug that contains sacubitril, be careful. Take Altace thirty-six hours prior to or after taking a medicine that contains sacubitril.
    • Avoid taking Altace if you are diabetic and taking a medicine that contains aliskiren.

    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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