Vasotec is prescribed for the treatment of hypertension and in some cases also for the treatment of chronic heart failure. It belongs to a family of drugs called ACE inhibitors.
However, your doctor may also prescribe Vasotec for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Vasotec
The ideal way to use Vasotec is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Vasotec may be taken with or without a meal.
Preferably, Vasotec should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Vasotec without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Vasotec to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Vasotec between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Vasotec in the bathroom.
A Vasotec overdose may have certain adverse symptoms like a sudden drop in blood pressure which may require immediate medical attention. So please contact your doctor immediately if you suspect that the patient has overdosed on Vasotec.
Consult your doctor before using Vasotec if you have conditions like a history of an allergic reaction which included swelling of the face/lips/tongue/throat (angioedema), if you have any kind of allergies to food items, allergies to bee or wasp stings, or exposure to certain membranes used for blood filtering), kidney disease, liver disease, high blood levels of potassium, heart problems, severe dehydration (and loss of electrolytes such as sodium), diabetes (poorly controlled), strokes, blood vessel disease (e.g., collagen vascular diseases such as lupus, scleroderma), medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Vasotec if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure), or to other ACE inhibitors (e.g., benazepril, captopril).
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Vasotec as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
If you are engaged in activities which may cause fluid loss then ensure that you consume adequate fluids to keep replenishing your fluid level in the body.
Avoid situations where you might get overheated or sweat excessively.
Patients undergoing treatment for high blood pressure often report a feeling of being worn out and tired for the first few weeks of the treatment cycle. If you experience this, then do not stop taking Vasotec suddenly without consulting your doctor.
Do not use a salt substitute or a product with potassium in it without consulting your doctor first.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Vasotec as Vasotec may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Vasotec is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
You must inform your doctor or your dentist about Vasotec before you undergo treatment or any emergency surgery.
Please maintain caution while using Vasotec in children and elderly patients as they may be more sensitive to its side effects.