Altace is used to treat high blood pressure.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Altace ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Altace each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Altace falls under angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and it is used to treat conditions like high blood pressure.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Altace must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature.
Altace when overdosed may lead to severe effects that require immediate medical attention. Please contact an emergency poison control center immediately if you suspect an overdose.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Altace (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor. You must also avoid using the drug if you have conditions like blood sugar.
You must also avoid direct exposure to sun light while taking Altace.
Altace is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Altace. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Altace, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.
Certain laboratory tests may be made mandatory while you are using Altace. These tests include liver function, kidney function, blood pressure, blood counts, and blood electrolytes and are conducted to analyze your progress to treatment and guage the degree to which side effects are being experienced. You must never miss out on any such lab tests.
Your lab technician or doctor must be informed that you are taking Altace before you undergo any lab tests or emergency surgical procedures.
New patients who start using blood pressure medication often feel tired, worn out and lethargic during the first few weeks of starting treatment. If you are experiencing this, then do not stop treatment. Instead, contact your doctor but continue to use the medication.
Some blood pressure medications may alter the sodium levels in the body. The risk of this occurring increases severely in patients who have kidney problems, who are ill or who are aged.
So, ensure that you check the sodium content in medications or food items before you consume it.
Muscle weakness, slow or irregular heartbeat are some of the symptoms of high sodium levels.
Situations like heavy sweating due to heat or exercise, vomiting, diarrhea, or other causes of fluid loss can quickly lower your blood pressure to dangerously low levels. So regulate your fluid intake accordingly if you are undertaking any such activity or are suffering from diseases which cause fluid loss.
Altace is known to cause death to fetus and newborns.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Altace. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Altace usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Altace. This drug is known to be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.