Vasotec is the brand name for a treatment called Enalapril. It’s a prescription drug that’s designed to help people who suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) as well as congestive heart failure. High blood pressure has to be control in order to lower a persons chance of certain health problems. If you don’t get help, you can end up having a stroke, a heart attack or suffering from kidney failure.
Vasotec is also used in order to help treat conditions having to do with the ventricles. These would be the lower heart chambers that are responsible for pumping out blood from the heart. What Vasotec does is it blocks out a specific chemical that tightens blood vessels, which relaxes them. This results in a lowering of blood pressure and improved heart function. Amongst some of the other condition this treatment helps would be kidney disease related to diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Vasotec belongs to a class of medications known as angiotensin converting enzyne inhibitors. These are designed to stop the constricting of blood vessels. It can also help to decrease the death rate in systolic heart failure, usually in combination with digitalis and diuretics. Vasotec was created by Merck & Co.
If you take Vasotec, then what are some of the possible side effects you can end up experiencing as a result?
Dizziness, headache, drowsiness
Loss of appetite, ability to taste
These are common side effects, but this doesn’t mean you should expect to experience any of them. You can be a person that takes this drug and doesn’t experience any of these at all or you can experience several. The severity usually isn’t that bad and the frequency isn’t too much either. In any case, your body only needs a little time in order to get used to taking Vasotec. This is the reason you might experience any of the above side effects. Once this happens the frequency and the severity of side effects above should subside and stop. If this isn’t the case or if the side effects get worse, then contact a doctor or a pharmacist for help.
What are some of the more serious side effects a person can experience as a result of using this medication?
Fainting, feeling lightheaded
Fever, flu symptoms, body aches
Urinating more or less than usual
Rapid weight gain, swelling
Angioedema, swelling of hands, face, lips, tongue (African-American patients are at higher risk)
Vasotec works best when it is taken under the supervision of a doctor who will be able to make the right adjustments and offer the right type of advice if you need it. It also works because you’ll be able to ask any questions you have and get detailed answers, which will lead to you feeling a lot more comfortable with the idea of taking Vasotec. Side effects, whether they be serious or less serious can also be minimized.