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    Information about Ramipril

    Ramipril uses

    Ramipril is used in the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure.

    How ramipril works

    Ramipril is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It works by reducing stress on the heart and relaxing blood vessel so that blood flows more smoothly and the heart can pump blood more efficiently.

    Common side effects of ramipril

    Decreased blood pressure, Cough, Increased potassium level in blood, Fatigue, Weakness, Dizziness, Renal impairment
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Betina Chandolia
    Writing in Sciences, PGCCL
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharma), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    09 Jan 2019 | 10:46 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Ramipril

    • You have been prescribed Ramipril to improve blood pressure.
    • Lowering blood pressure reduces the chance of future heart attack & strokes.
    • It may also be used to treat chronic (long-standing) heart failure.
    • It protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney diseases.
    • Ramipril can make you feel dizzy for the first few days. Take it preferably at bedtime and rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
    • Let your doctor know about any dizziness, cough, or throat irritation that does not go away.
    • It may increase the level of potassium in blood. Avoid taking potassium supplements and potassium-rich foods such as banana and broccoli.
    • Do not take it during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Ramipril.

    Frequently asked questions for Ramipril


    Q. Is Ramipril safe to use?

    Yes, Ramipril is safe if used in prescribed doses for the prescribed duration advised by your doctor.

    Q. Does Ramipril cause cough?

    Yes, Ramipril causes dry cough. It is one of the common side effects of Ramipril.

    Q. Does Ramipril cause frequent urination?

    No, Ramipril does not affect the frequency of urination. However, it may increase the amount of urine you pass at one time.

    Q. Does Ramipril cause itching?

    Yes, Ramipril may cause allergic infections like itching of skin. However, it is not very commonly observed.

    Q. Does Ramipril increase the potassium levels in the blood?

    Yes, Ramipril can increase the potassium levels in the blood (hyperkalemia). This is one of the most common side effects of Ramipril.

    Q. Does Ramipril cause depression?

    Yes, Ramipril may cause depression. However, it is not very commonly observed.

    Q. Does Ramipril cause thinning of the blood?

    No, Ramipril does not cause blood thinning.

    Content on this page was last updated on 09 January, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)