Vasotec or Enalapril is a medication used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Compared to other blood pressure drugs, the specialty of Vasotec is the fact that it can be used to treat anyone. Whether it is an adult or a one month old, the drug will be effective in treating the condition.
How it works
Vasotec is an angiotensin converting enzyme and is commonly known as an ACE inhibitor. It works by relaxing blood vessels and increasing blood flow. The drug is also capable of increasing the blood flow by increasing the heart’s ability to pump more blood to the body. Either way, the increased blood flow results in a lower blood pressure rate.
The drug is useful in reducing high blood pressure and as a result also reduces the occurrence of various heart diseases such as strokes and attacks. It is also quite effective in treating left ventricular dysfunction. This is a disorder in which the lower chamber of the heart gets damaged and enables blood to flow out. This condition can not only result in a congestive heart failure, but can also reduce the heart’s overall ability to pump out blood to the body.
For adults, the dosage depends on their health condition and their response to the treatment. For children, however, the dosage is determined according to their weight. If you are consuming the medication in liquid form, make sure to shake the bottle well before use. It is unwise to use a household spoon to measure the dosage since it can be inaccurate. Remember that the treatment period can differ according to the type of illness. For example, while it takes only a few weeks to treat high blood pressure, improvements in a heart condition can take a few months.
Similar to any other medication, Vasotec also has a few side effects. Some of them are:
Pounding heart beat
Weak pulse and muscle weakness due to increased potassium levels
Reduced white blood cell count
If you experience any of the above symptoms, make sure to consult your physician as soon as possible.
It is important to ensure that you follow the guidelines mentioned below to stay safe during your treatment period.
Do not use any sort of salt substitutes since it can increase your blood pressure.
If you already have an existing heart condition, consult your physician before consuming the drug.
Since Vasotec can cause injury or death to an unborn baby, do not consume this medication when pregnant.
This drug must also be avoided by people with pre-existing kidney diseases.
When consulting your physician, remember to inform him/her about your medical history. If you are experiencing kidney or diabetes problems, you need to be careful about not mixing Vasotec with the drugs that you are already taking.
The medication is known to affect your electrolyte cycles. Therefore, if you are experiencing muscle tightness, slow heart rate or contraction, consult your healthcare provider immediately.